WALK THIS WAY

Cotswold Life - - COTSWOLD COUNTRYSIDE -

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).

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