If lockdown has taught us one thing, it’s that going for a walk can really help in turning a bad day around. We’ve walked more in the last 4 months than we have in the last few years. Sounds lazy but it’s true!
We feel like we’ve exhausted all of our local routes through cycling and dog walking, so it’s nice that we can now drive as far as we’d like to explore new areas. We’ve got a few recommendations for beautiful walks which are tried and tested. However, before we get to that, let’s talk about the benefits of walking!
Benefits of Walking
So, for most people, walking is the easiest way to get your 30 minutes of exercise in a day, but what are the benefits of it?
Firstly, walking can lower blood pressure, strengthens the heart and wards off heart disease.
As we mentioned above, going for a walk really can make you feel a lot better.
Walking will release natural painkilling endorphins into your body. The more we’re able to get out and be active each day, the better we tend to feel for it!
Government recommendations suggest that we do 10,000 steps a day. How far are 10,000 steps you ask? Just under 5 miles. Now, 5 miles sounds like a lot, but it soon adds up if you make simple changes like taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking to the local shop instead of driving.
In addition, walking strengthens your muscles, supports your joints, improves your sleep and helps you lose weight when paired with a healthy diet.
1. Cotswolds AONB
The Cotswolds is one of Englands most picturesque and beautiful landscapes with plenty of places to explore by foot or bike!
2. North Wessex Downs AONB
With wonderful heritage and culture, the North Wessex Downs is the perfect place for you to explore. The area is also surrounded by market towns and quaint little villages to delve into.
3. Shropshire AONB
Loved by its locals and visitor, Shropshire Hills is a jaw-dropping, charming and exquisite location. Perfect for all of your family stroll. .
Some extra tips for you budding adventure seekers, there are a few apps you can use as your walking route tracker and find new walks to go on! Our favourites are Map My Walk and Strava.
There are also lots of walking challenges in the UK, so why not take some time out of your day to do some research and see which one you’d like to partake in. There are many available from beginners to experts!
There you have it, a quick but informative breakdown of the key things you need to know and have before you set off on your adventures! Don’t forget to check out our other blog posts about Walking Jackets, Berghaus and Walking Boots. You may also want to check out From Couch to 5k! And Our Essential Running Tips if you’re interested in shaking it up!
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