People walking

Matthew, our digital and engagement coordinator, has pulled together some video, podcasts and other links that demonstrate the true power of walking when it comes to our mental health.

Matt Cunningham

The causes of poor mental health are complex and personal, and stress is an everyday reality which we cannot just walk away from.

However we can say with certainty that everyday walking can help us fight back.

Walking helps improve mental and physical wellbeing, tackle depression and anxiety, and connect us with our world and those around us.

So a society that walks more stands to be one that is healthier and happier as a result - as the facts and links in this blog post hopefully illustrate. 

More walking


Healthier, happier communities


Watch our video

We were really excited to have TV presenter and author Kate Humble as our National Walking Month ambassador for 2019.

Here she talks about how a walk in your local park can lift your spirits - and, as she says, "it's completely free."


Listen to our podcasts

From the archives, here are two short audio clips - one on walking and mental health, the other on workplace stress.

James Acaster
Matt Haig

Join our walking revolution


Whether it's through campaigning for streets fitter for pedestrians, or getting schools and workplaces more active, Living Streets' aim is to get more people walking more of the time.

And more walking = healthier and happier communities.

If you agree, you can support our work and strengthen the organisation by becoming a member.

Give our Try20 tips a spin

Shopping bags

Treat yourself

It could mean buying yourself something nice or just going for a stroll. It certainly means doing something that makes you happier.

#Try20 Tip 12

Man crossing bridge

Mindful meander

Don't let a hectic week get you down. Walking is a perfect way to zone out and rid yourself of negative thoughts.

#Try20 Tip 15