Walking is something we’ve all done since we were little; a fundamental human movement that gets us from point A to point B. But walking can be more than just a way to get around, walking can be a source of joy, a path to better health, and a way to reconnect with the world around you.

At WalkActive, we believe in the transformative power of outdoor walking. It’s not just about putting one foot in front of the other; it’s about embracing the fresh air, the sunshine (or rain!), and the sights and sounds of nature. It’s about taking a moment for yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The Benefits of Outdoor Walking

Walking outdoors offers a range of physical, mental, and social benefits that go beyond the benefits of walking on a treadmill indoors. Outdoor walking can help you:

  • Increase sun exposure: Many of us, particularly in the UK are vitamin D deficient. Spending more time in natural sunlight will give you a much-needed increase in vitamin D intake which is essential for bone health, immune function, and mood regulation – just remember to wear sunscreen!
  • Get some fresh air: Outdoor air is generally fresher and cleaner than indoor air, promoting better respiratory health and overall well-being.
  • Improve coordination: Walking on different types of terrain, such as trails, grass, and uneven paths, engages different muscle groups and improves balance and coordination more effectively than a flat treadmill.
  • Calm your mind: Being in natural settings has a soothing effect on the mind, reducing stress and anxiety. Plus the diverse sensory experiences of sights, sounds, and smells in nature provide mental stimulation and can enhance mood and cognitive function.
  • Increase social interaction: Walking outdoors provides more opportunities for social interaction with neighbours, friends, and community members, which can enhance social well-being and reduce feelings of loneliness.
  • Gain a sense of adventure: Walking outdoors allows for the exploration of new places and the discovery of hidden gems, adding an element of adventure to your exercise routine!

Why Walk with The WalkActive Method?

WalkActive is more than just a walking program. We’re passionate about the benefits of outdoor walking and offer a variety of resources to help you get started and stay motivated, including:

Expert guidance: The WalkActive Method is created by Joanna Hall, a walking and fitness expert with over 25 years of experience. Through the WalkActive app and her webinars and workshops, Joanna offers lots of expert advice and direct feedback.

Helpful resources: Joanna’s specially curated programme is designed to help you develop a safe and effective walking routine, regardless of your fitness level. With a whole host of resources, from in-app courses to Walk To The Beat audio coaching sessions, you’ll be guided throughout your walking journey.

Fits in with your lifestyle: Enhance your walking technique, pace, posture, and stamina with self-paced expert-guided programs that fit around your life and routines.

Proven process: Endorsed by GPs, The WalkActive Method is scientifically proven to enhance cardiovascular fitness, improve posture, and reduce joint strain.

Ready to take the first step?

The WalkActive Method is here to help you unlock the joy of outdoor walking. With our proven method, supportive community, and commitment to making walking enjoyable, you’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve.

Try The WalkActive Method by downloading the app today and start your journey to a healthier, happier you, one step at a time.