A Note from Natalie
Natalie is the resident writer, but not an expert. For expert advice, please book a consultation with Dr Quinn
Walking does so much more for you than just great exercise, and it is especially bountiful for your wellbeing when the days start to shorten and life goes back indoors again.
Getting out of hibernation mode and out into daylight is enhancing to your energy, and it is a much more enriching experience than pounding away on gym machinery: it offers you peace and quiet away from chaos – an invaluable escape to breathe.
Hearing yourself think
Writers, philosophers and all sorts of notable sorts having been saying it for years: a stroll loosens stuck thinking. Moving the body jolts the gathered mulch and some wonderful gems are shaken loose. If nothing else, a walk out in nature (away from the demands of the day), is a precious time to remember there’s a deeper, inner self under all the noise, and it’s a real pleasure to encourage that habit to form part of your day: such a gentle and wholesome step on the journey to wellbeing.
Likewise, if you’re feeling stressed, brisk movement is a very effective physical counterbalance. It introduces positive hormones into your body, right when you need them the most – so don’t underestimate the power of a good, brisk walk!
Get fit and fat burn
A gentle walk is good for the soul, but for an effective body work out, setting a decent pace will give everything from your muscles to your lungs a very healthy work out.
The difference between a deadened walk and an inspired walk
Make preparations in advance by getting some decent gear and beautiful routes local to you – if you’re bored with your usual route, then kindle your innate sense of adventure. Waking your spirit up is every bit as important as working your body – think gentle and restorative to get you back to your best self.
Working on posture
Remember, if you get aches and pains while you’re walking, it could be down to your posture: if you’re not supporting yourself, you’re not walking well, and it can feel like a struggle instead of the natural delight it is supposed to be.
Upping the ante
Daily movement is just a basic requirement for the human body, and there’s no reason to stick to your pace if it’s no longer challenging you and you’ve set yourself wider goals. So don’t settle for a stroll if you’re craving more – walking even a slight incline gets your whole system working that little bit harder, which can make all the difference!
So, as Summer mellows into fabulous Autumnal spectacles – don’t miss a minute of it. Time moves so quickly, but if you’re out every day, you get a front row seat to the best every season has to offer you… and the best version of you that’s just waiting for its opportunity to shine!
Next week’s post in the series: Stocking up on Goodies!!
This week’s recipe: Nutritious comfort food after a bracing adventure in the outdoors!
Important: Debbie is selecting recipes with combinations of ingredients to inspire your cooking regimes, but while they are healthier choices in general, they will not address individual issues. You MUST make sure that all ingredients you use are compatible with your own individual medical conditions, medications, allergies and goals.
Roasted squash (Zucca al forno)
1 large butternut squash
1 dried red chilli
Freshly ground black pepper
1 large handful fresh sage leaves
1 stick cinnamon , broken into pieces
- Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4. Halve the butternut squash, remove and reserve the seeds, then cut the squash into slices or chunks with the skin left on. Using a pestle and mortar, or a metal bowl with a rolling pin, bash up the dried red chilli with a good pinch of salt. Add the whole sage leaves, the pieces of cinnamon and enough olive oil to loosen the mixture, and rub the whole lot over all the squash pieces so they are well covered.
- Place the squash in one layer in a roasting tray and season lightly with salt and pepper. Sprinkle over the seeds, cover tightly with tin foil and bake for 30 minutes, or until the skin of the squash is soft, then remove the foil and cook for another 10 minutes until the squash is golden and crisp. Remove the cinnamon and tuck in!