HOW WALKING EN­THU­SI­AST CARO­LINE WHEELER GOT INTO HER STRIDE

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Walking -

Q:

Why did you start walking? A:“I had put on quite a bit of weight,” says Caro­line. “My mumhad­bought some walking boots that were too small for her, so she gave them to me, adding not- so­tact­fully that it might help melose a few pounds.” Q: What have been/ are the dif­fi­cul­ties? A:“I was so out of con­di­tion that at first I ached so much I couldn’t get down the stairs,” says Caro­line. “But it’s amaz­ing howquickly and eas­ily you get so much fit­ter – you can build up your stamina so much over just a few weeks and months. “Blis­ters can be a prob­lem at first, but your feet soon toughen up,” she con­tin­ues. “But bad weather needn’t be a prob­lem – I soon learned to love walking in the wind and rain, and the weather is rarely as mis­er­able when you get out there as it looks through the win­dow.” Q:

What are the ben­e­fits for you? A:“

It really helps keep my­weight down and it’s fun and so­cia­ble at the same time,” says Caro­line. “I don’t find it a chore and a slog like I would go­ing to the gym, plus there are so many new places to dis­cover, with amaz­ing scenery you’d never see from a car. Be­ing in the fresh air and green spa­ces clears myh ead, lifts my­moodand is really in­spir­ing.” Q:

What equip­ment do you need? A:“To start with, noth­ing spe­cial, just some comfy shoes,” says Caro­line. “Walking must be the cheap­est way to keep fit and get happy! If you’re go­ing out in the coun­try­side you’ll need some walking shoes or boots and a wa­ter­proof jacket, a ruck­sack for your stuff, and plenty of water.” Q: What are the ben­e­fits of walking in a group? A:“

It’s a great way to make new friends as most peo­ple go along on their ow­nat first,” says Caro­line. “It’s safer than walking on your own, and you can just ‘ fol­low the leader’, so you can en­joy your­self and take in the scenery with­out wor­ry­ing about get­ting lost.”

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