The Tappeinerweg is suitable for any pace. Brisk walking stimulates endorphins production, which means you feel in better shape, both physically and mentally. Initially, count your steps, focus on your speed and start regenerating. Pay mindful attention to what you are doing, and you will obtain both psychological and physical benefits. By consciously walking, you will regain a sensitivity that seems to be lost in our hectic daily life: today, everyone struggles to live in the here and now, to "feel" what the body needs. The first benefit will be to reduce stress with immediate relief for the body and mind.
The latest research shows that people who regularly walk every day do, unconsciously, their brain an excellent service. While walking, the blood circulates faster, simultaneously increasing the brain's amount of oxygen and glucose. This is because walking is an energy-saving activity.
The oxygenated brain is naturally "fresher". People who walk regularly can concentrate better and for longer and are also more receptive to learning. All it takes is 20 minutes a day to improve memory, and it seems that this is how memory loss decrease, even in advanced age.
The Tappeinerweg Trail is particularly well suited for a relatively new and increasingly popular movement technique: the "retro running". According to studies conducted at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, walking backwards has considerable physical benefits. Oxygen and calorie consumption are significantly higher than with traditional walking. The cardiovascular system also benefits. Furthermore, there is less pressure on the joints as the impact on the ground is reduced. This way of walking also has a positive effect on balance.
In terms of overall physical well-being, it seems that 100 steps taken backwards are equivalent to 1,000 steps forward. Many people would thus be able to engage in healthy outdoor exercise with little time investment. The Tappeinerweg Trail is wide enough to allow this type of activity and is safe for walkers. Nevertheless, it is recommended to be careful, if only out of respect for other visitors.