We know that physical activity is good for our bodies, but did you know that that physical activity is also one of the best things you can do for your wellbeing? Physical activity helps us to reduce stress and anxiety and even boosts self esteem. Even 10 minutes’ exercise can have a positive effect on mental alertness, energy and positive mood.
However, we know getting active can be daunting when you’re struggling with your mental health. If you want to get active but don’t know where to start, one of our Walking for Wellbeing groups could be for you. They’re regular weekly walking groups specially designed to help people who aren’t currently active build up their levels of confidence and physical activity.
They are different from other walking groups in a variety of ways:
We come to you
If you are already accessing services with Oxfordshire Mind or any of our partners (that’s Restore, Response, Elmore, Connections or Oxford Health) in Oxford City, there will be a walk leaving right from where you are at some point this year. We’re also hoping to run walks from other social care or advice organisations, GP surgeries and community centres. If you want to find out more, or if there’s somewhere you’d like us to come, please get in touch (email@example.com).
We’re a safe space
All the walks will be accompanied by Oxfordshire Mind staff or volunteers, with a group of people who share your experiences.
We go at your pace
We agree the route and the pace before the walk to make sure it works for everyone in the group. We will do our utmost to accommodate injuries and physical health conditions.
There is no pressure and no commitment. You can drop in or drop out as you like.
To keep updated on where the next walks will be or to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also recruiting Wellbeing Walk Leaders to help us run the project. If this is something you might be interested in, check out the role description here: https://www.oxfordshiremind.org.uk/join-us/volunteering/volunteer-roles/.