Wellbeing Walks is England’s Largest Network of Health Walks
Active Devon supports the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks Network and over the years we have encouraged thousands of people across Devon to walk more and lead a more active lifestyle.
Walking Can Make a Difference to Your Health and Wellbeing
Walking is really good for us. It’s a low impact exercise, so it’s easy for you to get involved, even if you’re not feeling your best. In fact, it could help you feel much better. It can help improve mental and physical wellbeing, making us feel happier and healthier.
Many people start walking to improve their health but find it easy to keep coming back because of all the new friends they’ve made. So, as well as all the physical health benefits, walking in groups is also great for your social life.
If you have a health condition and would like to walk more then the Ramblers Wellbeing Walks website has some really helpful information.
Free, Inclusive and Accessible Walks
There are a range of different level walks. The walks are short and over easy terrain and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active. The walks are supported by specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.
Top Tips to Stay Motivated
If you’ve started walking then that’s great. We do understand though that sometimes with other commitments and personal circumstances it’s a challenge to keep it going. Some great top tips to stay motivated include:
- Setting realistic goals
- Taking on a challenge
- Sharing the experience with friends or family, instead of walking alone
- Finding new routes to explore
- Tracking your progress and…
- Joining in with a regular walking group
Become a Walk Leader and Help Others
If you’re a keen walker and would enjoy helping others in your community to get healthy and active, then becoming a walk leader might be for you.
There are some great benefits to becoming a walk leader. Training takes less than a day and ongoing support, guidance and access to Wellbeing Walks resources is provided afterwards. You’ll get an opportunity to learn and develop new skills. You’ll also get a chance to meet new people, discover more of your local area, spend time outdoors and be active yourself.
If you’re interested in becoming a walk leader, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch.
Benefits of Walking. Here’s What Barbara Says:
Barbara joined our Torrington Library Wellbeing Walk:
“I’ve really enjoyed the walks and made some nice friends. It gets me out and it gets me walking. You’re with like-minded people, and, even if you’re feeling a bit anxious or maybe have some physical problems, you know you’re safe and everyone is there to support you. It gives you a reason to get up and get out, and makes you feel better for the rest of the day. I feel like I belong now. It’s done me the power of good and has been a saving grace.”
Read more of Barbara’s story How a Weekly ‘Walk and Talk’ Can Help to Alleviate Stress and Anxiety.