Walking and mental health: understanding the benefits

More than 1,000 firefighters battle 150 square mile wildfire in New Mexico

More than 1,000 firefighters backed by bulldozers and aircraft battled the largest active wildfire in the US on Saturday after strong winds pushed it across some containment lines and closer to a town in northern New Mexico.

Preliminary overnight mapping imagery indicated that the fire that has burned at least 166 homes grew in size from 103 square miles on Friday to 152 square miles by early Saturday, officials said.

Ash carried seven miles through the air fell on Las Vegas, population about 13,000, and firefighters were trying to prevent the blaze from getting closer, said Mike Johnson, a spokesperson for the fire management team…READ ON

Walking and mental health: understanding the benefits

We’re all aware of how good walking is for toning your muscles and boosting your heart health – but there’s something intangible that walking does for your mood and mental health, too.

Our bodies are designed to move, and when we don’t do that, pent up energy gets stuck inside and creates more stress.

As you’ll know if you’ve ever headed outside with a niggling question in your mind, there’s nothing that eases a frazzled brain quite like putting one foot in front of the other. ‘Our bodies are designed to move, and when we don’t do that, pent up energy gets stuck inside and creates more stress,’ says Jonathan Hoban, pioneer of walking therapy and author of Walk With Your Wolf: Reconnect with your Intuition, Confidence and Power.

‘We have a fundamental, primal need to walk – at least 40 minutes per day if possible. Time to walk helps re-energise your brain, calm adrenaline levels and create a sense of clarity. That’s why when you return from a walk, you normally have the answer to an issue or any problems you may have been pondering about.’…READ ON

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