Kat reminds us that there’s still something fab we can do during lockdown!
Did you know that the month of May is National Walking Month? Seems ironic, doesn’t it, that since the month began many of us have been unable to do much else than stay at home. But one form of exercise a day has been permitted, which has meant that I, and it seems many more people, have taken advantage of this and gone for a nice long walk.
Unsurprisingly, the health benefits of this form of exercise are many. Active Nation lists things such as:
• strengthens the heart and reduces the risks of a stroke
• can help you to lose weight
• lowers your risk of developing dementia
• boosts circulation and gives you energy
• can help boost your vitamin D in the sunshine
For me, not only does it refresh my body and mind, and make me feel like I’m doing something positive towards improving my fitness, but I do love the sunshine and nature. I’m lucky enough to live very close to some beautiful rural fields and picturesque villages, and I usually end up taking photographs on my phone of some stunning landscapes, beautiful blossom and occasionally if I’m really lucky, wildlife. For those people living in cities, I have also taken some fab urban graffiti and architecture pictures too, so don’t let that be an excuse!
The British Heart Foundation has taken the idea of sponsoring walks to help raise funds for life-saving heart and circulatory disease research, so if you feel that the health benefits listed above aren’t quite enough to get you off the sofa, you could consider helping others with a fundraising initiative like this. You never know where it might take you… after all, look at what 100 laps around a garden did for a certain retired army captain, and the NHS!
For information on Just Walk, The British Heart Foundation’s sponsored walking initiative, just head over here and grab yourself a starter pack.
Let’s make the most of our time away from the office and get walking! #fitness #exercise #walking