Remember the Helen Shapiro song, ‘Walking Back To Happiness’? I was listening to the lyrics the other day and the line ‘All my blues have blown away’ reminded me how good it always feels when you’ve been out for a walk and all those endorphins have been swilling around.
Recently, one of our customers sent us an email which we have permission to quote from
“It’s such a good way of getting fresh air and exercise without feeling like your doing exercise (if that makes sense). I’m currently signed off from work with stress and depression and the doctor has told me to get out and about. We have now done Knaresborough and Harrogate and has been very therapeutic for me.” (Kath R., Leeds)
We are naturally delighted that our products are helping someone feel better and we hope you feel completely better soon Kath. We have another one of our customers who told us that she does the Trails with her autistic son as she says they are really good for him.
We regularly get comments about getting the children out for exercise and out from behind their phone and tablet screens!SR from Gloucester remarked to us when she submitted her answer to the Bristol Harbourside Trail “This was lots of fun for the whole family. Kept my two boys entertained without asking for a screen once!!!”.Now that’s got to be good for them!
So everyone knows that walking is good for you, but not everyone likes walking.Sometimes you need a little bit of encouragement or even a little bit of distraction whilst walking. If you are feeling a bit down and need to put a bit of happiness back in your life, you could do a lot worse than a having a bit of a walk with a difference!
Choose a Treasure Trail from our catalogue – click on the Buy a Trail tab and let us know how solving a set of clues and following the directions made you feel much better! Put it on your things to do list today!
Walking is a popular and beneficial way to exercise but did you know that walking backwards has even more benefits? Of course if you walked backwards whilst completing a Treasure trail you might miss some of the clues, but on the other hand you would definitely see more than you were looking for!
Why would you want to walk backwards?
Walking backwards increases the heart rate when compared to walking forwards at the same speed.
More calories are burnt when walking backwards rather than forwards because we have to make a great effort and the increased metabolism could result in weight loss if you keep it up (oh and you have to eat less too).
Doing something different like this prevents boredom (not that doing a Treasure Trail is boring, but just walking could be!)
Because you don’t have eyes in the back of your head and need to be constantly looking out for obstacles and dangers all five senses are heighted,
And our reflexes are sharpened too!
It promotes blood circulation and prevents lumbago
And can even help prevent the development of a hunchback!
When you get older balance and coordination becomes even more important and walking backwards can improve the functions of our cerebellum. The cerebellum is an area of the brain that controls motor movement coordination, balance, and equilibrium and muscle tone. (I always learn something when I write a new post).
The muscles of the front and back of the shin and ankle are strengthened because the movement is unfamiliar,
And the knee joint and the patella joint in particular benefit from backward walking with a reduction of repetitive strain injuries.
Walking backwards protects your brain against mechanical thinking – the rut that it gets into when repeating the same old patterns, like walking forwards!
Apparently, 100 steps backwards are equivalent to 1,000 steps forwards!
Who walks backwards?
Lots of groups walk backwards without even thinking about it. For example, golfers walk backwards as they eye up a putt; nurses and hospital porters walk backwards while wheeling a patient; equestrians walk backwards while tending to their horse; tennis players run backwards to get that lob; plumbers can’t turn around when they’ve crawled into a tight space so end up shuffling backwards! And in lots of sports – football, basketball, rugby, lacrosse, net ball – the players are moving backwards, usually without looking!
When you stop and think about it, we all use backward walking every day!
Our Challenge to You
Send us a fun video of you walking backwards and holding a clearly visible Trail booklet and we’ll send you two free Trails of your choice! Send the video to us before 1st June and be prepared for us to share them on our social media sites.