Walking is not only good for your body, it’s also one of the most calming and beneficial exercises for your mental health. A report published in May by the National Academy of Sciences in the US categorically found that being out in nature does wonders for our mental health, particularly amongst those who live in busy, urban areas.
Journalist Alissa Warren attested to this last month, in this column published on news.com, urging people to get outside and into nature when they’re feeling stressed.
So, as winter slowly starts to make it’s way into spring, we’ve hand picked some of our favourite walks around Adelaide and Melbourne that are guaranteed to bring you peace of mind and keep you at peak fitness between barre classes.
Waterfall Gully to Mount Lofty, Adelaide - This popular 3km trail comes with the added benefit of a couple of steep climbs and cafes at both the start and finish lines to rehydrate and refuel.
Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, Barossa - An hour north of Adelaide in world famous wine country, Kaiserstuhl is a little known beauty spot just out of Tanunda. The park offers two bush walks offering stunning views across the Barossa Valley.
Merri Creek Trail, Melbourne - A 21km pedestrian and cycling track that winds its way from Coburg North to Dights Falls on the Yarra. Be sure to allow time to explore the CERES community environmental park - four hectares of reclaimed land that has been dedicated to sustainable living and includes a nursery and organic market.
Sherbrooke Forest Walk, Melbourne - 40km out of Melbourne, this lush rainforest in the Dandenong Ranges will calm your mind and challenge your legs. The 7.4km Sherbrooke loop walk starts and finishes at Belgrave station and includes a couple of steep sections to work the glutes.
For more fantastic bushwalking ideas visit Walking SA or Victoria Walks.