Exercises before you walk
A government publication on good practice in social prescribing for mental health: the role of nature-based interventions (NECR228)
Hiking In Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts
“The poetry of the earth is never dead,” said John Keats.
What a lovely quote! Are you experiencing it? Here is a whole list of reasons you need to go for a 30-minute walk outside in nature today:
How to turn your walk into a work out!
Walking helps you to lose with which relieves pressure on your joints and may relieve arthritus. The Arthritus Foundation have some more information which you can read via the button below:
Evidence and ideas for you to get the most out of your walking! Click on the blue buttons to go to the websites.
Looking for ways to be more positive?
Tapping or Emotional Freedom Therapy can help you refocus and the acupressure points touched assist in healing the mind as you walk along - see Nick and Jessica Ortner's website by clicking the button below to find out more. The second button is an introduction specifically for stress, a sample of Nick's'book.
Information about qualifications and professional membership:
Qualified Hill and Moorland Leader (HML)
A full assessment of navigation skills on hill and moorland which can be applied to lowland areas also. This does snot cover mountainous areas but as I focus in the southwest, this is not an issue. The assessment requires 40 quality hill walks in the HML terrain and a lot of other attributes to ensure you are safe taking people out walking on moorland, where the terrain can be difficult and weather changes unpredictable.
Qualified Outdoor First Aider
A two day course to ensure I had the basic requirements for dealing with an emergency when out walking. This is a requirement of the HML award so you can rest assured, all with this certificate, have the basic first aid training.
Coaching Certificate (Coaching Academy)
I completed a two day course with the Coaching Academy and am working through further material on personal coaching, giving me more skills and techniques to bring to any walking/coaching sessions.
Emotional Freedom Therapy - practising
Having completed two EFT courses, I am confident in sharing this tool for anyone wishing to give it a go. I haven't pursued it as yet as a formal offering but will talk to people about it and show them how to use it if they feel it may be useful. It can change negative into positive thoughts in a few minutes, I have my own examples of this so not to be dismissed readily!
Moorland Guide - Dartmoor and Exmoor
Dartmoor National Park direct people to Moorland Guides when people request walk leading on the moor. This includes school trips as well as adult sessions and private walking events. The Dartmoor Walking Festival has been organised by the group adn looks to be a regular event on the calendar for years to come!