17 Nov 2018

10 coaching and walking benefits

Ready for a fresh approach to solving sticky work and life challenges? Working with a coach while walking is a powerful way to stimulate thinking and resolve issues you are grappling with.

Being outdoors in beautiful natural surroundings boosts our creativity and problem solving skills. Here are some more gains: 

No distractions – by putting mental and physical distance between your workplace and inevitable interruptions you can focus more readily on issues that need to be resolved.

More creativity – exercise helps brain functioning opening up different thought pathways for finding novel solutions to challenging problems.  

Enhanced focus – walking helps you slow down and pace yourself so you can get into a natural rhythm and organise your thoughts in a more coherent way.

Outdoor exercise – walking gives your muscles a workout and increases blood flow throughout the body. It recharges your body and mind and lifts your mood.

Benefits of nature – walking in nature helps you feel more grounded and connected to the world around you. Being fully present helps gain perspective on what is happening now and to prepare for the future.

Time for reflection – gaps in conversation occur as you take in the beauty of your natural surroundings. These silent pauses create more opportunity for reflection and quality insights.

Less formal – walking side by side without eye contact creates a different kind of dynamic. It also helps introverts to talk more freely about what is on their minds.

Holistic experience – the combination of walking and coaching engages mind and body at a higher level removing roadblocks for moving towards achieving your goals.

More relaxed – conversations are more relaxed away from the work environment. We can listen and focus on what is being said in a more relaxed frame of mind.

Being prepared – thinking in advance about issues before the walk creates a powerful platform for real insights during the walking and coaching session. 

So let us know if you'd like to combine walking and coaching in your enhanced coaching programme. 


Mary Somervell

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