Wales is blessed with having over a quarter million acres of walks and public land that is free to roam, and has a reputation for being one of the best nature walk spots on planet earth. Despite having such a plethora of natural assets, Wales also has a problem with obesity and depression. Although this could be partly attributed to the weather and peoples diet, one has to wonder what the outdoors has to offer.
So what are the benefits of just going for a walk? Whether its a park, forest or on a beach, going for a walk for half an hour a day can reduce the risk of depression, whats-more walking for an hour a day can reduce the risk of getting some types of cancers by up to 50%. It is easy to see why, the feeling you get when being in nature and stretching the legs is one of clarity, its sort of like cleaning the mind. You’ll be amazed what you can fix by just getting things moving.
Connecting To The Land
There is something primal and centring about walking in nature, if you think about it, in today’s day in age there are few ‘ways of life’ or traditions that have carried through from our ancestors, however walking in nature is one of them, our ancestors walked every day and whats-more in Wales a lot of the tracks and walkways are the same routes carved out by our ancestors. Perhaps that is why you get that connected feeling when walking in nature, connecting with our ancestors and feeling the energy of the sacred land.
What Else Can We Learn From The Outdoors?
One organisation that understands this concept very well is Call Of The Wild. They have they’re own learning centre in the Brecon Beacons, which is one of the most stunning pieces of outdoors in the UK let alone Wales. The training centre is used to help teams and organisations use both outdoor and classroom learning techniques to learn various skills and techniques to help people to perform better at work. To find out more about Call Of The Wild click here.
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