25 Apr Walk this way…
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Why not help celebrate by taking part in ‘Just Walk’ this May and raise money the British Heart Foundation.
In our lifetime we walk over a 100,000 miles! Walking is a fantastic way to keep active and maintain a healthy heart as it is fun, flexible and free.
By taking part in Just Walk, you can help the BHF to support the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory diseases in the UK – You can walk wherever and whenever suits you!
In order to prepare you for National Walking Month, we thought we’d provide you with tips and some of our favourite walking spots!
General walking tips
Like with anything, start slowly and increase the length and pace of your walk gradually.
- Warm-up – start slowly, do a few warm-up exercises and stretches first. Remember, don’t walk immediately after a big meal.
- Build activity slowly – start with a 20 minute walk then increase gradually. Trying to walk at least three times per week is a good place to start.
- Use the correct technique – walk at a steady pace, swing your arms freely and stand as straight as you can. Your feet should step in a rolling action from the heel to the toe.
- Shoes and socks – wear thick comfortable cotton socks. Sensible, comfortable and lightweight shoes with support are best.
- Weather – dress for the weather! Wear suitable warm, light clothing in the winter and cool, comfortable clothes in the summer, plus sun cream and a hat!
- Water – keep hydrated. Drink water before, during and after your walk.
- Cool down – make sure you cool down after a long fast walk. Always an idea to do a few stretching exercises.
Here’s a few walks we’d recommend
And when all of what walking is done, why not treat yourself to a session of Reflexology…
Reflexology is a suitable treatment for all ages and brings relief to a wide range of conditions. Some of the benefits of reflexology include its ability to stimulate nerve function, increase energy, boost circulation, induce a deep state of relaxation, eliminate toxins, stimulate the central nervous system, prevent migraines, cleans up urinary tract conditions, speed recovery after injury or surgery, help relieve sleep disorders, reduce depression and relieve pain.
For more information and to raise money for BHF, here’s the link: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/just-walk/national-walking-month