Walking For Mood

Inspired by Ruth Clarke’s well-being tweets in June 2017 we ran this walking feature in our members magazine later that same year.

Walking is a physically low impact activity that can really boost our mental well-being.

The summer is the perfect time to get up, get out and go walking, and it's still possible to do that (local lockdown restrictions allowing).

Why not get walking in our 1.2 Challenge?

 

Walking For Mood

Inspired by Ruth Clarke’s well-being tweets in June 2017 we ran this walking feature in our members magazine later that same year.

Walking is a physically low impact activity that can really boost our mental well-being.

The summer is the perfect time to get up, get out and go walking, and it's still possible to do that (local lockdown restrictions allowing).

Why not get walking in our 1.2 Challenge?
 

Walking For Mood

Inspired by Ruth Clarke’s well-being tweets in June 2017 we ran this walking feature in our members magazine later that same year.

Walking is a physically low impact activity that can really boost our mental well-being.

The summer is the perfect time to get up, get out and go walking, and it's still possible to do that (local lockdown restrictions allowing).

Why not get walking in our 1.2 Challenge?

 

Walking For Mood

Inspired by Ruth Clarke’s well-being tweets in June 2017 we ran this walking feature in our members magazine later that same year.

Walking is a physically low impact activity that can really boost our mental well-being.

The summer is the perfect time to get up, get out and go walking, and it's still possible to do that (local lockdown restrictions allowing).

Why not get walking in our 1.2 Challenge?

 

Walking For Mood

Inspired by Ruth Clarke’s well-being tweets in June 2017 we ran this walking feature in our members magazine later that same year.

Walking is a physically low impact activity that can really boost our mental well-being.

The summer is the perfect time to get up, get out and go walking, and it's still possible to do that (local lockdown restrictions allowing).

Why not get walking in our 1.2 Challenge?

This article was first published in the OCD-UK magazine in June 2017 and on the OCD-UK website in July 2020.

There are numerous well-being and exercise activities, including running and cycling as our fantastic fundraisers demonstrate on a regular basis, but...

Did you know that a good walk can do wonders for your mental well-being?

Even a short 10 minute burst of brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Walking boosts circulation, triggers endorphins, decreases stress hormones and increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive.

Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. It also plays a role in improving the quality of life for people experiencing mental health problems.

And if you can increase your walking to an hour a day then you'll be performing an incredible service and tune-up on your body, and more importantly, a significant boost to your mental well-being.

Some advantages of walking...

Stress Buster
Rough day? One of the most common mental benefits of walking and exercise is stress relief, we more than anyone need that!

Brain Boosting Chemicals
Exercise releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety. Let's be clear though, we are not saying it will alleviate OCD, but anything that improves our stress and mood levels can only be a good thing!

Improve Self-Confidence
Walking and exercise can boost self-esteem and improve positive self-image.

Improves Sleep
For some, exercise can lead to a good night's quality sleep, something many of us with OCD often struggle to achieve. Adding more activity to your daily routine can help improve the quality of your sleep.
So why not try it out, this weekend go for a nice moderate walk and see if you sleep better.

The Beauty of the Great Outdoors
Exercising in the great outdoors can increase self-esteem even more, not to mention all the Vitamin D you'll soak up from a walk in the sun (Great British weather allowing!). If you happen to live near a local beauty spot don't forget water, sunscreen and shades, and if you don't, there are always walks you can start making plans towards for when lockdown ends.

Socially Interactive
Getting out of the house, even during lockdown, can still be an opportunity to socialise, be that a smile or wave at a passing neighbour or a chance for members of your household to step away from the news and computer just to chat and relax. After lockdown many mental health trusts will still offer group walks for people affected by mental health issues, with some councils offering group walks too. Sometimes walking with others allows you to experience and push yourself more, even to include an exposure exercise during your walk. So after lockdown, make sure to check out your local walking groups.

Suggested Walking Kit

  • Water and snacks.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Map (you know, those things before phones).
  • Insect repellent.
  • Suitable clothing and shoes, including hat.

(If you really get into walking it could be worth buying specialist clothing, Go Outdoors have an annual club discount card for £5 which offers discount on all future purchases within that year).

Post Lockdown Walking Resources:

OCD-UK 1.2 Challenge

Our 1.2 Challenge is a great introduction to walking and a chance to walk your way towards a healthier body and mind whilst raising awareness and much needed funds for OCD-UK. What's not to love? Click below to find out more.
1.2 Challenge