Walk your way to better wellbeing

July 20th 2016

Walk your way to better wellbeing

It’s official, trees are great for our health*. So it comes as no surprise that a trend called ‘forest bathing’ – the practice of walking among trees to improve wellbeing – is proving popular!

Forest bathing originated in Asia and, like yoga, has spread to the West. Japanese fans call the activity ‘shinrin-yoku’ - meaning to take in the atmosphere of the forest.


Although many of us don’t have a forest on our doorstep, chances are we live near a tree-lined park, and so we’ve created plenty of walking sessions to help improve your wellbeing as part of this year’s ParkLives programme.


There are free walking activities to suit all ages and abilities including:


  • Nordic Walking – take in the fresh air with an invigorating walk through the park using walking poles to propel yourself forward
  • Health walks – a low impact session offering a walk round the park and a chance to catch up or make friends with people in your local area
  • Parent and buggy walks – fun sessions that include power walking, toning classes and a chance to meet other parents with your little one in tow
  • Social dog walking – meet up with other local dog lovers and take a gentle stroll through the park


History fans in Stoke-on-Trent can also learn about how parks functioned in the past by enjoying free History for Health walks guided by a local historian.


Why not invite your friends, family or colleagues to the park and do some forest bathing of your own?


Find out what ParkLives activities are taking place near you with our free activity finder.


*Elsevier – http://www.fs.fed.us/nrs/pubs/jrnl/2014/nrs_2014_nowak_001.pdf

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