Did you know that being active can help to improve your mental wellbeing?

Through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing it has been proven that by being active (e.g. going for a walk or run, steppping outside, cycling, playing a game, gardening or dancing) can actually help to improve your mental wellbeing. This means that physical activity is good not only for your body but it’s great for your mind too. Being active can be any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting so you don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to be active and Active Sunderland offer several local walks which mean you may not even have to travel far to get involved.

Research has shown that physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free! A few benefits of being physically active are:

  • less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • a natural energy boost
  • improved sleep

To read more on physical activity and mental health from the Mental Health Foundation, please click here.

How can the Active Sunderland Walk for Health Programme help?

Being active is good for your physical health and your mental health but getting active can be difficult. With Walking for Health, Active Sunderland can help you and you can take part in free short walks to help you get active and stay active at a pace that works for you. It’s a great way to stretch your legs, explore what’s on your doorstep, and make new friends. For over 12 years, they’ve helped thousands of people like you discover the many benefits of regular group walks. From reducing stress, to losing weight, to sharing laughs, Walking for Health has something for everyone.

They also have a variety of different walks available from health walks, to nordic walks as well as nature walks and walks for carers. They also have beginner walks so if you are looking for something to start off with then this may be great for you!

Want to get started or need more information?

Ready to get started with walking and feel the benefits of increased activity? The Active Sunderland Wellness Walking Programme is FREE, fun, friendly, and a perfect way to help you to get more active and to meet new people. All of their new walks taking place between April and June are on our ‘Things To Do’ section so you can search by what type of walk you are looking to take part in and search by location so you can find your nearest walk. Active Sunderland also have a Walking Programme which you can download here and print out if you would like.

For more information on the walks offered by Active Sunderland and how you can get involved, contact Laura Bartlett or Anthony Hindmarch on: