Walking is one of the most accessible forms of fitness out there. Unlike other sports, you don't need to buy a
huge amount of kit or equipment, all you need is a sturdy, comfortable pair of hiking boots or running shoes.
Once you've got your shoes on, you're ready to go!
You can tailor your walks to target what you want, maybe you're looking to increase your fitness, or you're
looking to lose weight or maybe just to clear your mind and have some time to yourself.
If you're looking to increase your fitness, walking for around 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week can help
strengthen your heart and can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by around 19%. Daily walks also help
to lower blood sugar, whilst boosting your immune system, your energy levels and your mood.
If you're planning on walking more to help aid your weight loss, then you'll need to focus more on your speed,
where you're walking and the distance you're covering. Essentially you'll be looking to burn as many calories
as possible, so you want to be walking at a brisk pace, quicker than you would normally walk. If you can plan
your walks over hillier areas, you'll also burn more calories there than you would walking over a flat path.
But, if you want to just spend more time in nature, clear your mind and maybe explore your local surroundings,
then the world really is your oyster. You can plan your route, or you could just see where your journey takes
you. Studies have also found that you're more likely to come up with creative ideas when you're out on a walk
than you are when you're sat indoors. So if you're struggling with something like writer's block, then why not
pack yourself a little picnic, take a notepad and go and have a wander and see what comes to you?