The UK is facing a mental health crisis and one in four people will experience mental health problems this year, according to the charity Mind. The number of people receiving medication for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks has also more than doubled over the last decade. TV therapist Steve McKeown is determined to do something to help. This April, he will be walking from Eastbourne to Southampton to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Fitness articles are second only to Brexit in terms of polarised responses, but it’s pretty safe ground to argue that walking is both mentally and physically beneficial. It’s also essential to the human condition. It’s not just how we move, it’s how we orient and describe ourselves in the world. Walking has infected our everyday lexicon: we ‘think on our feet’, ‘take things in our stride’ and ‘let our thoughts wander’.
And yet our levels of walking have plummeted…
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Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect people against developing depression.