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3 benefits of a mindful walk
Monday, 23 November · 1 min read

When you’re out for a walk, your legs will be moving but chances are your mind will be focused on other things, such as what you have to do later that day or week, or certain issues you’re worrying about.

But next time you’re out for a walk try to take the opportunity to really notice the world around you — the sights, the sounds, the smells, and the way your breathing changes as you pick up pace?

This is mindful walking. It means practising mindfulness — where you pay close attention to the present moment — while you walk. And doing this has many benefits.

A mindful walk can help to:

  • improve your mental wellbeing — by helping you enjoy life more and allowing you to learn more about yourself
  • reduce stress and anxiety — exercise alone can help reduce stress and anxiety, but studies show that mindfulness can also help you manage them better
  • improve focus and concentration — some studies suggest being mindful can teach you how to ignore unwanted distractions and instead focus on 1 sight, sound or sensation
Quote of the day

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction programme

Quick Quiz
When was the last time you stopped to notice everyday things?