Walking coaching has a powerful effect on our physical, mental and emotional health. Walking relaxes and re-energises the body by giving the muscles a workout and increases blood circulation throughout the body. It exercises your mind, helping oxygen and glucose to reach your brain. This helps to calm the mind, enhance mental clarity and sharpen thinking. Like other forms of exercise, walking leads to the release of your body’s natural happy drugs, endorphins. In essence, walking is an excellent form of exercise, which not only improves your physical health but also mental alertness, relaxation, insight and creativity.

A coaching session outdoors is physically active, less formal, more sensory and more likely to increase creative thought. Walking coaching doesn’t require any special equipment or a special place to walk. You can engage in coaching conversations whilst walking with your coach outdoors in an urban area or in a natural environment. Walking outdoors heightens the awareness of your environment and involves the use of all your senses. It enables you to slow your pace down and ground yourself, which has a calming effect on your body and mind. This calming effect helps with problem solving and creative thinking.

Often, when we are attempting to find solutions to our problems we can over-think. Walking coaching engages the body in physical exercise, leaving the mind free to focus on the here and now. The physical act of walking helps the flow of communication between you and your coach and moving forward physically inspires action psychologically.

Going for a walk is familiar, it is an everyday occurrence for some, and walking coaching could be seen as much less pressured than sitting face to face with a coach. When a coaching conversation is added to a walk outdoors it becomes an effective, informal, relaxed way to work.

This is an opportunity for you to have a holistic experience; engaging both your mind and body to unlock your potential and move you towards your goals.