walking

Walk for Life!

It was fantastic to see that Tandle Hill was one of the shortlisted hotspots for the best autumn walks in Greater Manchester. Although we’ve made it to many of the places on the list, Tandle Hill is one of our family’s favourite places to head out on a crisp Sunday afternoon. If you haven’t been, make sure you do. The forests trails are beautiful, and perfect at this time of year for wearing your wellies or walking boots and kicking up the leaves.

Tandle Hill in Oldham is a great place for walking.

For other popular walking areas in the region, please check out the Manchester Evening News’ article here: https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/autumn-leaves-greater-manchester-parks-7923468

Many of us these days have little time for exercise because of busy working and family lives, but the benefits of walking are becoming increasingly well-known. It’s even being recommended now by GPs to aid patients with mental health issues.

Half an hour of daily walking has been shown to:

  1. Reduce risk of heart attack and other chronic disease.
  2. Increase serotonin (your feel-good neurotransmitter)
  3. Spark creativity
  4. Help reduce weight
  5. Improve digestion
  6. Strengthen bones
  7. Improve mobility
  8. Boost immunity
  9. Improve sleep
  10. Increase stamina
Walking to Studley Pike from Blackstone Edge May 2015

So, to improve your overall health and wellbeing, add in a half hour walk every day, whether it be in the countryside, a forest, or even if it’s simply between your train station and work.

There’s no doubt about it, it WILL do you the world of GOOD!

Scarborough to Whitby with friends January 2018

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Naturally Speaking

Yesterday I took my daughter for a chilly but beautiful walk in Tandle Hill Country Park in Oldham. It was just what we needed after being cooped up earlier in the day. We both felt brilliant. 

For those who love nature, it will be no surprise to learn that studies have found nature-based therapy dramatically improves mental wellbeing, so if you regularly feel under par, get yourself out there into nature more often. Many of us live in urban areas and rarely see a forest, mountain or waterfall, and it’s having detrimental effects on our health. Giving yourself a hefty dose of vitamin “green” has potent effects on:

  • how our cells function
  • our immunity
  • our brain and nervous system

It’s even been found that post-surgical patients have improved recovery if exposed to a natural scene from the window of their room.

As for forest walking, studies find it has beneficial effects on:

  • heart and lung health
  • blood pressure
  • immunity and inflammation
  • blood sugar balance
  • stress
  • cognitive function
  • balancing emotions

So even though it may be cold, drag yourself away from that screen.

Your body and mind will thank you for it. 

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