WALK THIS WAY
Around 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week (brisk walking is perfect) are recommended as a healthy amount for adults in the UK. For inspiration, download some of the many different routes to ramble around the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk), including ‘Miles without Stiles’ and wheelchair-friendly routes. Or join some of the upcoming, guided walks organised by the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens, providing company, conversation and insights into wildlife and local heritage – for example, ‘The Birds of the Cotswolds’ (Sept 7) from Midford to Tucking Mill (www. cotswoldsaonb.org.uk).
If you need any further encouragement to get outdoors, then MIND, the mental health charity says taking a ‘mindful moment’ to tune into nature and out of the din of day-to-day life has been found to reduce stress, anxiety and depression (www.mind. org.uk).