Ann tells us how she's lifting spirits with a good walk
Ann is a self-proclaimed Yorkshire lass. Originally from Bradford, she now lives near Oakwell Country Park in Birstall. She shares her love of walking and how she’s using the power of going for a stroll to help others boost their mental health.
How did you get into walking?
Oakwell Country Park is pretty local to me, and it seemed like the ideal place to go and have a little walk around. Luckily for me, I discovered there was a walking group here. So, I joined them and really enjoyed it. I found it was a very friendly and well-established group, the Oakwell group's been going for about 12 years.
You’re now a walk leader. How did that happen?
Someone suggested I should look into becoming a walk leader. It then triggered some ideas for me because my background is mental health, I'm a psychotherapist, a family therapist.
I thought walking was an ideal opportunity not only for me to get out there, but also to be of service and incorporate what I know to help others engage in activity that will lift their mood, lift their spirits and get them active again.
And now you’re combining walking with aiding mental health?
Yes, mental health and wellbeing is my forte, it’s my passion. I thought walking was an ideal opportunity not only for me to get out there, but also to be of service and incorporate what I know to help others engage in activity that will lift their mood, lift their spirits and get them active again.
Walking also assists individuals with mental health challenges, people who struggle with confidence or depression. It allows them to walk at a different pace and appreciate nature in a different way.
What’s so great about walking?
I would recommend walking because it's an activity you can do independently, and it's also a nice pastime for groups as well. It will assist you in getting back into activity at your own pace, in your own way, at any time of the year. Plus, it’s absolutely free and there are lots of benefits, so come on and get some exercise.
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