Getting My Steps in for Move More Month!

In celebration of #MoveMoreMonth2019, we caught up with SOARs Move More Ambassador, Julie Moore, on her lovely walk to work and why walking is so good for you!

I thought I would share my lovely walk to work this morning; these photos are on the edge of Parson Cross, showing the Trans Pennine trail route. I’m wanting to encourage everyone to get out in the fresh air and make the most of the sunshine, take note of surroundings, look up at the blue sky, smell the Lavender plant and take in the vibrant colours on my short 20-minute walk to work.

For anyone feeling depressed, isolated or just struggling with day to day life, walking can considerably boost your mood! There are local walks in the community that anyone can sign up to, including short walks and longer routes for the more active.

We are excited to work in collaboration with Walking for Purpose/Sheffield City Council, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and Foxhill Medical Centre to encourage anyone to meet together and find out what is available in our local countryside. Join us on Thursday 29th June for a trip to Bradfield and take part in a short walk, picnic and an ice-cream from ‘Our Cow Molly’.

Benefits of walking
“Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.” (NHS, 2016)

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

Exercise for depression
Being depressed can leave you feeling low in energy, which might put you off being more active. Regular exercise can boost your mood if you have depression, and it’s especially useful for people with mild to moderate depression.

“Any type of exercise is useful, as long as it suits you and you do enough of it,” says Dr Alan Cohen, a GP with a special interest in mental health. “Exercise should be something you enjoy; otherwise, it will be hard to find the motivation to do it regularly.”

How are you spending #MoveMoreMonth2019? Share your photos by using the hashtag #MoveMoreMonth2019