Keeping fit needn’t be a chore. In fact, raising your fitness level, getting your heart beating faster and flooding your mind and body with a sense of wellbeing can be as easy as putting one foot in front of the other.
Walking can be a fascinating and enjoyable way to get to know the place you live, enjoy the countryside, explore new places and meet people. Getting out into daylight and raising the heart-rate can have hugely beneficial effects. In a recent study, the British Heart Foundation discovered that people who walk briskly for half an hour a day reduce the risk of heart attack by 40 per cent.
Meanwhile, another study showed that contact with nature on a country walk powerfully reduces stress levels. The secret ingredient, scientists say, is the greenery. There’s even a name for a lack of it – “Nature Deficit Disorder”.