August 27

Why You Need To Get Outside And Go For A Walk To Some Place You’ve Never Been


When’s the last time you went for a walk somewhere you’ve never been?

Over the last few months, I’ve picked up a habit that’s been very beneficial for me: Sunday walks

First thing I do every Sunday morning is open google maps, and find a reserve or park I haven’t been to, and I go for a walk.

Sometimes it’s a long one, lasting a few hours, and sometimes, I just go out the front door, down to the creek, and I’m back in 20 minutes

But here’s the thing, I always feel a lot better after it

If I’m tired or stressed out – I tend to get really tight across my shoulders and neck – and these walks give me the chance to check in, realise I’m carrying tension and mindfully release it

Mentally, I just let any thoughts I’m having run their course and I’ll decide whether or not taking action is necessary or let them go.

I started posting a picture from my walk on Instagram every week to show everyone a bit of how I see the world. We’re fortunate enough to live in a city that’s kept a lot of its natural state, So you don’t have to go far to get away from everything for a bit

Do you live near a reserve?

If you don’t, you can always drive to one

If you’re stuck for ideas – here’s a couple of spots that I’ve visited over the last few months, that is definitely worth checking out:

  • National Arboretum (West Basin, Lake Burley Griffin)
  • Tinbinbilla Nature Reserve (South Canberra)
  • Botanical Gardens (Black Mountain)
  • Mount Rogers (Charnwood/Melba/Fraser)
  • Aranda Bushland (Aranda/Cook)
  • Pinaccle (Hawker)
  • Dunlop Grasslands (Dunlop)
  • Mount Majura (Dickson/Ainslie)
  • One Tree Hill (Hall)

So this week’s challenge is to find a park or reserve in Canberra, somewhere you haven’t been to, get outside and go for a walk

If you happen to take your phone with you, take a pic and post it to Insta or Facebook and tag it with #adaptcf and #sundaywalk (even if you go mid-week) 😉

If this is something you already do on the regular, what’s missing from my list?

Leave a comment and let me know where I should go for a walk next

All the best,
Coach Nathan


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