Walk Your Way Well by Niamh O’Sheehan

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walk way well femalefocusonline june24 3Hello readers. Did you know I'm a positive psychology coach? I've been writing this article about the amazing benefits of walking for four years! But did I mention we walk in my coaching sessions? Walking coaching, also known as "walk-and-talk" coaching, is an increasingly popular approach that combines the benefits of physical movement with traditional coaching techniques. Here are several reasons why I just love walking coaching:

Physical and Mental Health Benefits: Walking is a low-impact exercise that improves cardiovascular health, boosts energy levels, and enhances overall physical fitness. Physical activity, like walking, releases endorphins and other neurotransmitters that can improve mood, reduce stress, and enhance mental clarity. This can lead to more productive and insightful coaching sessions.
Natural Environment: Being outdoors and surrounded by nature can be calming and inspiring. This environment can help clients feel more relaxed and open, making it easier to discuss personal or challenging topics. A change of scenery from a typical office setting can foster creativity and new perspectives, aiding problem-solving and brainstorming.
Movement Facilitates Thought: Walking can stimulate cognitive processes, helping clients think more freely and creatively. The rhythmic nature of walking can also aid in organising thoughts and ideas. I like to call it "dynamic thinking".
In a coaching session, I find walking very symbolic. Physically moving forward can represent progress and forward momentum, reinforcing the client’s journey towards their goals.
Enhanced Communication: Walking side-by-side can create a less confrontational and more egalitarian dynamic compared to face-to-face meetings. This can make clients feel more comfortable and open in discussing their issues. The informal setting and natural flow of walking can lead to more organic and fluid conversations, facilitating deeper and more authentic exchanges.
Practical and Flexible: Walking coaching can be easily integrated into busy schedules. It can be done during lunch breaks, in parks, or around office premises. It is a very versatile coaching method. It suits various coaching styles and topics, from personal development to career coaching and beyond.
Holistic Approach: We all love the mind-body connection. This approach recognises the interconnectedness of physical and mental health. By addressing both simultaneously, walking coaching offers a more holistic approach to personal development. Being outdoors and physically active can significantly reduce stress levels, which can help clients think more clearly and make better decisions.

In summary, walking coaching combines the benefits of physical activity, the calming effects of nature, and the effectiveness of traditional coaching. If you enjoy walking and you feel you need coaching to achieve some clarity about goals or to enhance motivation, I would love to connect with you. Drop me a line. Let's Walk 'n talk!
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