Walking for Mental Health
May 9th – 15th is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year we’re getting involved with Mind Charity.
On June 25/26th our VP Lara is completing the Cotswold Ultra! A 100km/66 miles/2500 metre trek across the beautiful Cotswolds for Herefordshire Mind.
Read more from Lara below:
Together with 2,000 other participants, the Cotswold Ultra is 100km and over 2,500 metres of uphill. An adventure of endurance, community and breaking new boundaries of personal achievement, together with my dear friend & training buddy Diane.
377.8 miles of training completed so far and no blisters, yet!
I have chosen my local branch of Mind to fundraise for as I romp across the hills of the Cotswolds – all 100km (if I don’t get lost) Mental health is as important as physical – every £ will go towards helping this charity fund services, raise awareness and promote understanding – you are not alone. Connect – support – change. People need support right now as well as long terms change to how society views mental health.
This will be an adventure of endurance, community and personal achievement – with every step (approx. 125,000).
Here are my top 10 reasons why I walk:
1. Connects me with my local community (I always meet someone and it would be rude not to say hello)
2. Improves mood and mindset – and I always feel less tired at the end
3. Gives me-time-out from the stresses of the everyday, mental headspace for me
4. Enables me to think things through without the noise of daily life
5. I can stomp away the days frustrations – the rhythmic pace has a calming effect
6. Gives your confidence a boost – every step counts
7. Definitely helps me to think more creatively
8. Improves overall physical health – need to support every part of your body otherwise fall over (not recommended)
9. Keeps me active (not that I am competitive…)
10. Its free – blessed to live in a beautiful part of the world, I am nurtured by nature
And here are a few fun facts!
- The longest uninterrupted walk was 19,019 miles and took 2,425 days, no thank you!
- Walking sideways burns more calories than walking forwards – if you walk the Malvern Hills you know
- Apparently a 15 min walk can curb sugar or chocolate cravings but peanut butter, banana and honey sandwiches don’t count
- Walking is good for your health – it reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety, fatigue: it boosts creativity, mood and sleep quality
And that’s why I am walking for mental health – to help raise valuable funds for good mental health for all. You can follow my training or the journey in completing the Cotswold Ultra 100km on June 25/26 on Strava. All messages of support welcome, share your favourite play list – every distraction welcome. Any donations will be very warmly welcomed by the inspiring team at my local Herefordshire branch of Mind. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/cotswold-ultra-2022-one-step-at-a-time-together
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Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.
Visit Mind to join the fight for mental health.