“Walking provides us with a multi-sensory reading of the world in all its shapes, forms, sounds and feelings, for it uses the brain in multiple ways… Walking is so vitally, centrally, important to us at both individual and collective levels, that it should be reflected in the way we organise our lives and societies… It’s time to get up and walk our way to a better life”. (O’ Mara, 2019)
Shane O’Mara refers to walking as “a social glue that has contributed to our survival as a species”. He also sees walking as a core treatment for improving one’s individual health and wellbeing. His research has found that walking is not only good for our muscles and our mind, but also our mood. It helps to protect and repair our inner organs, but also allows us to think more clearly and more creatively. It can even delay ageing of the brain.
Walking tall will improve your muscles, mind and mood. If you say that someone “walks tall”, you mean that they behave in a way that shows that they have pride in themselves and in what they are doing. Walking Tall.Life is therefore all about doing something that makes you feel good.
Walking On Aotearoa (WOA) wants to inspire more people walking for wellbeing. WOA seeks to raise Aotearoa’s awareness, attraction, acceptance and appreciation towards the proven benefits of both walking and plogging. WOA wants you to activate your body and mind, improving every aspect of your self and social being.
Walking Tall is contagious. Walking Together builds Communities!