Walking is an extremely good way of keeping fit. It is sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise. It's low cost, you don't need expensive equipment or an expensive gym membership. Walk at your own pace, there's no need to rush, and it's a great way to socialise and chat with friends.
Why you should start walking
- Walking is a low impact form of exercise Walking is a low impact form of exercise. You can decide how far you want to walk, choose your route. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost endurance.
- Walking is social Most people walk with friends or join a walking or ambling club. It's a great way to leave the wired world behind, enjoy fresh air, enjoy views and chat with friends new and old.
- Walking is free Unlike other sports activities, it's low cost. All you need is a good pair of shoes, trainers or walking boots. If you start going for longer walks regularly, you can buy a waterproof jacket and some specialist walking shoes for longer or more challenging routes.
- Walking keeps you fit Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
- Walking helps build up your stamina The great thing about walking is that you build up your strength and stamina gradually. You can increase the distances you walk over time, increase the pace to suit you. You don't need to walk for hours or over long distances to feel the benefit.
- Walking a great way to explore Whether you're walking to improve your health or simply for the pleasure of exploring your local area on foot, our walks make enjoying the great outdoors easy.
Make walking a habit, start walking to the shops, work, taking the kids to school, leave the car behind and make walking a key form of exercise.
Walking for the more adventurous
If you get into walking you will soon find that you will spread you wings and walk further for longer. Lots of walks are sign posted both in town and out of town. Networks of walking paths and bridle ways cover the country so there's no shortage of routes to try out.
Specialist Walking classes
You can take up Nordic walking group for example, this is a more specialised form of walking and you can train, get advice and instruction on the technique. It's growing in popularity as a way of getting out and about and making new friends.
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