Health and wellbeing (not just for January!)

Date posted:
Sun 23 December 2018

Here at Professional Liverpool, we don’t underestimate the importance of personal health and wellbeing, particularly amongst hard-working professionals who often forget to look after themselves when they’re too busy looking after their clients or their businesses. That’s why we’re actively promoting health and wellbeing this month – with a view to setting positive habits that will continue for the rest of the year!

Public Health England’s (PHE) most recent Employee Health and Wellbeing Report shows that factors like long working hours, sedentary jobs and lengthy commutes are causing unhealthy workforces, with the most common reasons for absence being musculoskeletal problems and mental health issues, such as stress, anxiety and depression.

We believe a proactive approach is always better than a reactive one when it comes to your health, which is why we want you start 2019 right, by prioritising your physical, social and mental wellbeing, and to continue this throughout the year. We appreciate that it’s far too easy to let the stress of heavy workloads and deadlines take over other commitments. But why not make this New Year’s resolution stick? And what better way to do that than by attending our fourth Freshwalks collaboration event on Friday 18 January, deliberately timed to support our health and wellbeing month.

Freshwalks is on a mission to get business communities walking and talking more. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this alternative type of networking, it’s a day (or sometimes a half) in the countryside, in the hills or on the coast… and usually in every type of weather! But don’t worry, the flock of interesting business people that Freshwalks attracts are bound to keep you engrossed in conversation, so you’ll forget all about your achy legs! To top things off, there’s usually a cracking pub meal and well-deserved refreshment at the end of the hike to look forward to.

Because we’re huge fanatics ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of five reasons you should attend Freshwalks this year to look after your own health and wellbeing:

  • Exercise
  • Reduce stress
  • Switch-off
  • Gain perspective
  • Be social

Exercise is probably the most obvious benefit, but the physical effort required for a Freshwalks route is not to be underestimated! Each walk, whether it be an 8km stroll or a strenuous 30km hike, is designed to get your blood pumping, lungs bursting and legs wobbling. So, if you need to a regular dose of exercise in your static routine, Freshwalks might just be the perfect antidote.

Under pressure between work and home life? One of the most common mental health benefits to exercise is stress relief. Exercise increases concentrations of norepinephrine in the brain, a chemical that moderates your body’s response to stress. You’ll be doing your body a huge favour by putting your old hiking boots on. Not to mention the fact that a great night’s sleep is almost guaranteed after a Freshwalks outing, which is key to replenishing a busy or anxious mind.

The beauty of walking in places, sometimes without a phone signal, is that it forces you to take a break from technology. Too many business people are permanently wired to technology, and by default their work. In a present-day environment, where there’s an unspoken obligation to respond to messages received every hour of the day (and night), it’s important to disconnect from the digital world occasionally and realise that the world copes just fine when you do!

Feel re-centred by bringing your problems, whether they be personal or work-related, to the great outdoors and everything will soon fall into place. Physical activity releases endorphins which create feelings of euphoria, calm and wellbeing and has also been shown to enhance cognitive performance. So tackle your challenges away from the office, where your brain is kicked into higher gears and you’re surrounded by intelligent folks who are keen to listen and have some solid advice to offer.

Finally, meeting new people and creating satisfying relationships is just another way to ensure your wellbeing. Research shows that one of the most effective ways to improve your mood is to build social connections. What’s even better is that you needn’t feel guilty for taking time away from the office to do this, as forming lasting relationships with other likeminded professionals certainly isn’t a waste of your time.

John Hall, CEO of Professional Liverpool comments: “Helping our valued members develop both business and social relationships is what we do best here at Professional Liverpool and through our healthy partnership with Freshwalks, we’re now helping them get fitter too! Conversations seem to flow so naturally when you’re on the move with like-minded business people - helping to forge even deeper connections.”

Michael Di Paola, Founder of Freshwalks, added: “I must say a huge thank you to the team at Professional Liverpool for their support. The positive feedback Freshwalks has received on Merseyside has been overwhelming, but in order to improve and grow the number of dates and routes in 2019, we really need a trusted partner on board. Professional Liverpool is a perfect match and an organisation that truly understands the power of both connecting and looking after people”.

If you like the sound of Freshwalks, please come along to our next collaborative event on Friday 18 January 2019. The route starts at Old Roan train station and concludes at The Stanley Arms public house in Aughton (15 mins walk from Town Green train station). Tickets on sale here.

You can find out more at www.freshwalks.co.uk or follow @Freshwalks on Twitter.