Countryfile Magazine - - Active Outdoors -

For most of us, walk­ing is the eas­i­est way to ex­er­cise in the fresh air. Even if time is tight, here are some ways to make room in your life for a stroll. • Set your­self a lit­tle daily chal­lenge. Walk all or part of your route to work, to the shops, or other reg­u­lar jour­neys you make. If you can, go out af­ter break­fast every day, or walk up a hill to watch the sun­set. Step coun­ters may be a help. Wear one on your wrist to keep track of your daily ac­tiv­ity. Many will set you a daily tar­get au­to­mat­i­cally; 10,000 steps is a good tar­get for many of us. • Keep it lo­cal; if you plan to travel for every walk, they won’t hap­pen so of­ten. If you live in a city, you may be sur­prised at the green routes you can find by canals, river­sides and in parks. • Choose one day a week to do a longer walk. Make a list of walks that are no more than an hour’s jour­ney from your home, stick it to the fridge, and work your way down the list. • Walk with a friend or neigh­bour; you’ll en­cour­age each other to keep go­ing. • Join a walk­ing group; to find one near you, go to walk­ing­forhealth.org.uk; ram­blers.org.uk; walkni.com, or for longer dis­tances ldwa.org.uk. • Don’t wait for spring, or sum­mer. Start to­day. And don’t let rain put you off.

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