Walk For Health This Winter

Friday 20th December marks the beginning of the The Ramblers annual Festival of Winter Walks. It is held over the Christmas and New Year period until Sunday 5th January. The organisers – ramblers.org.uk say that whatever your age or ability there’s a walk for you!  They have fun festive-themed walks that the little ones will love; leisurely strolls under 5 miles for people new to walking; and longer walks for those that want more of a challenge over the Christmas break. There are walks for those short on time and for those who just want a gentle stroll.

You don’t have to be a Ramblers member to enjoy a festive walk either. You can find your own winter walk with Ramblers Routes – their online library of over 2,750 walking routes. Follow the link and have a look: https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/routes-and-places-to-walk/about-ramblers-routes.aspx

Walking tips and advice for older people provided by Age UK say that it’s good to make walking a part of your everyday routine. If your pace makes you feel a bit out of breath, but you can still hold a conversation, that’s ideal. But if that’s not manageable for you right now, any kind of activity is better than nothing!

A little bit of exercise can generally make you feel better. It reduces immune system chemicals that can make depression worse and it increases the level of endorphins in your body, which naturally help lift your mood. Exercise also helps keep your heart healthy, your bones strong and can even help reduce the risk of dementia and cancer.

If you do venture out this winter, be sure to wear the correct footwear and clothing, and plan a route that is suitable for you. However if you’re worried about the effect being active may have on your health, do talk to your doctor to find out if it’s safe.

For more information and walking tips, follow this link to the Age UK webpage: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/exercise/walking-tips-advice/

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