Help beat the January blues

For many of us, January starts with new goals, new beginnings and new resolutions. While the start of the month may seem slow going, getting outdoors can help you feel motivated this month.

According to Public Health England, 6 million adults do not do a monthly brisk 10 minute walk. So why not use January as the month you start walking with the Woodland Trust?

Walking in the woods is rewarding whatever the weather (Photo: Greg Holmes/WTML)
Walking in the woods is rewarding whatever the weather (Photo: Greg Holmes/WTML)

Walking is a great way to reconnect with nature and keep us fit and healthy. It can also provide that all important time out, even if it's just a few minutes. The cooler winter air will help blow the cobwebs away, making you feel refreshed and ready to face the day ahead. And the best bit? It's free!

Make walking more fun

If the thought of a winter walk doesn't sound too appealing, check out our ways to make things a bit more interesting.

1. We teamed up with Go Jauntly to bring you some amazing walking routes. Why not download the iOS app to find a walk and enjoy winter’s stark beauty, discovering nature near and far? You can follow a picture led walking route and upload your own jaunts to share with friends and the community too.

2. Listen to your favourite music or poems while walking. Put your headphones on and pick your favourite album - you’ll be surprised how far you can walk when getting lost in the lyrics! Stuck for ideas? Listen to the calming tracks below, which we compiled with Nature Nurture CIC, to really connect with your surroundings. If you're feeling brave you can sit or lie beneath a tree for the Treelaxation track!

(Author: Claire Dyer)

 

3. Many of us lead busy lives that can make finding time to go for a walk difficult. Why not give it a go at midday? Getting outside at lunchtime can be a great way to break up the day and allow you to fit in that walk. To exercise your mind as well as your body, test your knowledge of trees and check your findings with our Tree ID app.

Enjoy quality time with family while boosting your health and wellbeing at the same time (Photo: Michael Heffernan/WTML)
Enjoy quality time with family while boosting your health and wellbeing at the same time (Photo: Michael Heffernan/WTML)

4. Make it a family activity. We all get occupied with our own timetables and sometimes have little time to enjoy with our nearest and dearest. Why not choose to leave the car at home one day and have a little walking fun together in a wood near you.

5. Walking isn't just good for us, it's good for the environment too. The more we walk, the more we are helping to reduce harmful emissions. Spare a thought for the trees as you walk among them and text TREES to 70111 to donate £3. You'll be helping to create, protect and restore our trees and woodland, making your walk beneficial for your body and mind and the environment too.

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