Beyond Blue and Coastrek embrace ‘friluftsliv’

Nov 26, 2019

Beyond Blue is proud to be the official charity partner of Coastrek, with events in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide scheduled in 2020.

Coastrek and Beyond Blue is proud to expand its charity partnership to a series of celebrated coastal treks that inspire people to exercise in nature for the good of their mental health.

Teams of four can take on walks of varying distance along some of Australia’s most stunning coastlines while experiencing the widely recognised benefits of exercising in nature with family and friends.

Every dollar raised by participants goes towards the Beyond Blue Support Service, which offers free counselling, referrals and advice to almost 200,000 contacts each year.

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Participants can select 60km, 30km or, where offered, 15km treks. Events are open to both women and men and each team must include at least two women.

Beyond Blue Board Director Johanna Griggs said Coastrek was a great way to get back to nature.

“Growing up on Sydney’s northern beaches, I’ve always loved being outdoors and heading to the coast is always a wonderful experience,” Ms Griggs said.

“I think that’s something a lot of Australians can relate to and Coastrek combines that love of walking along the coast with friends and supporting Beyond Blue.

Beyond Blue has partnered with Coastrek for four amazing treks where participants will experience some of our country’s most spectacular coastlines.”

A review1 of international research showed spending time in natural environments can improve psychological wellbeing, stress responses, cognitive performance and social skills.

The research referenced ‘friluftsliv’ [free – loofts – liv] – the Nordic connection between people and nature and the uplifting effect it can have on our mental and physical health.

Coastrek Founding Director and women’s health expert Di Westaway says the benefits of being active outdoors were backed by science. “We’ve taken tens of thousands of Australian women into nature and there’s no doubt the experience makes them happier and healthier,” Ms Westaway said.

“Coastrek is a chance to be immersed in nature while challenging yourself with a team hike along scenic coastlines, high clifftops, beautiful bush trails and sunny sand. It lifts your mood and supports the fabulous work of Beyond Blue.

“The recent review of research confirms yet again that being in nature improves psychological wellbeing, reduces stress and enhances cognitive performance, so the whole community benefits.”

Physical activity is a great way to boost your mental health and can also help foster a great culture among work colleagues. Join us at Coastrek in 2020 and walk for mental health!

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1 Immersive Nature-Experiences as Health Promotion Interventions for Healthy, Vulnerable, and Sick Populations? A Systematic Review and Appraisal of Controlled Studies (2019)


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