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Walking is one of the easiest and cheapest ways of exercising.
An effective way of managing weight. Regular brisk walking will improve performance of the heart, lungs and circulation, as well as lower blood pressure. Studies show that walking in the fresh air encourages problem-solving, reduces stress, lowers your chances of stroke or heart attack, and tackles depression. So get your boots on.
The UK has glorious landscapes; from Cumbria and the Peak District to the Cairngorms, the Cotswolds and Snowdonia – wherever you are, a weekend in the hills is never far away. While you’re taking in the views and passing the time of day with farmers, your legs will be toning up just as well as any serious cyclist’s. A six-hour hill walk, at two miles an hour, can burn up to 1,400 calories – that’s some decent food you can look forward to later.
‘There’s no bad weather, only bad clothing’ is true for hill walking, unless you’re likely to get lost in a thunderstorm. A good pair of boots, a map and a rainproof jacket should do the job..
Regular brisk walking will:
Walking regularly at any speed will:
‘Walking for Health has helped me build up my fitness and lose weight – now I walk for enjoyment, not just around the supermarket’
‘I've made lots of lovely new friends. As well as spending time together on health walks, we've also walked further afield… even spending a few days in the Lake District walking in the hills and camping in an old barn!’
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