Cardiff University Placement Students, Daisy and Nichola, have teamed up to tell us all about Walking to Wellbeing and why YOU should get involved…
Hi, we are Daisy and Nichola, and we are running a programme called Walking to Wellbeing with the Counselling Health and Wellbeing service.
Sometimes we can struggle to get out and about…
…but once you step outside and start walking it can be thoroughly enjoyable!
Cardiff is a great city to live in and it’s almost totally walkable. However, some of us only get our daily exercise when we walk to and from lectures (maybe including a cheeky Lidl stop en-route).
Sometimes, a sedentary lifestyle can leave us feeling down, and we might begin to feel unfit and unable to do activities that we used to be able to do with ease. Often, even beginning to turn things around can be a big effort.
However, even doing simple exercise such as walking provides a whole host of benefits to the body and the mind. The Walking to Wellbeing programme is a fantastic opportunity to get out there and do some walking! We run regular social walks and we walk all around Cardiff. We walk a variety of routes, through places such as the beautiful Bute Park, the Civic Centre and around town.
Our first walk will be on the 11 October, and we will take you on an hour’s walk around the beautiful Bute Park. We will meet at 2pm outside Subway on Park Place and we would love to see you there, whatever the weather (Don’t forget to dress appropriately!)
If you need any more convincing, here are our top 7 reasons to start walking:
1. It’s a great mood booster
It is widely known that walking (and other forms of physical activity) is a great way to improve your general mood and brighten your day. After a short walk people often feel lighter and refreshed. Even with mild exercise, our body releases endorphins which make us feel good without being too strenuous. Just a bit of fresh air alone can help us feel revitalised. Well-needed after a few hours in the library!
2. It can strengthen our memory
Studies have shown that mild exercise and staying active can actually improve our cognitive function, including memory, attention and processing speed.
3. Walking with new people overcomes isolation
Walking can be both an individual and group activity. Even walking by yourself and seeing others out and about can relieve a sense of loneliness. Especially in Britain where most of us have the compulsion to say hello to passers-by!
4. It has many health benefits
Light and frequent activity has consistently been associated with a whole host of benefits to our health. It can reduce bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of certain cancers, encourage weight loss, improves our circulation and cardiovascular system, help to combat insomnia…. The list goes on and on!
5. Cardiff is BUTE-IFUL
As you probably know, Cardiff is a beautiful city, with places such as Bute Park, Cardiff Castle, Roath Park and Cardiff Bay right on the doorstep of the university. So why not get out and explore! You could even grab a hot drink to go en-route.
6. Walking is suited to all abilities
This one might seem obvious, but it’s true. Walking is ideal for the student lifestyle, especially in such a pedestrianised city as Cardiff. Because walking isn’t as strenuous as other types of exercise, we can all do it and it’s a great way to begin to do more!
7. It’s free!
Again, this one is pretty self-explanatory. Is the idea of paying for a membership to a gym that you don’t even know how to use a daunting thought? You don’t need to start big, let walking be the first of many small incremental changes to your health and general wellbeing, without having to spend any cash.
Come join us!
We hope that this has piqued your interest enough to come on a walk with us! See you on:
11 October, 2pm outside Subway on Park Place
The walks will run fortnightly (every two weeks). Find out more about our other walking to wellbeing sessions here.
Contact the Counselling Health & Wellbeing Service
If you are experiencing any kind of emotional distress, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service who can offer support to anybody experiencing any sort of difficulty, however big or small.
The Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service offer booked appointments via an online referral questionnaire, in which friendly, approachable staff can offer you non-judgmental support in a safe and confidential space. They also offer a daily Wellbeing Walk-In Service (3pm-3.45pm: Monday–Friday and Wednesday mornings: 9.30am-10.15am at the Student Support Centre at 50 Park Place)
If you are worried that you are experiencing physical symptoms that may be affecting your health, we strongly advise you to make a GP appointment to discuss this. If you do not already have a GP, please contact NHS Wales on 0845 46 47 or check out their website.
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Daisy and Nichola, Wellbeing Champions.
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