As the weather improves many of us feel more inclined to get out into the fresh air- walking is so much better without six layers of clothes! You may have made a New year’s resolution to get more exercise then lost enthusiasm when January and February winds and rain made staying indoors seem a better alternative. Perhaps you started at your local gym and lost heart after a while? Well, don’t give up on getting fit, just try something a little less strenuous, but just as effective; walking…
Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It’s underrated as a form of exercise but walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
Walking is as Sociable as you Want it to Be…
The great thing about walking as exercise is, you can do it alone or with friends or loved ones, your choice. You don’t have to get a group of people together for a team, or even one person as a partner, you can be solitary or sociable.
If you want some time alone to clear your head, then walking in the countryside is a great way to get rid of those cobwebs and stress. if you are finding it hard to spend time with a loved one, suggest a walk. It can be great just you and your partner, walking, in silence that is companionable, or chatting about the day.
Walking doesn’t need any complicated equipment and it is FREE
So many sports and exercise need special clothes or equipment. This can become expensive or difficult to maintain. The kit takes up space and there’s always new and “better” stuff you feel you should be buying! All you need for a walk is a decent pair of shoes- comfortable, not tight, and preferably a natural material so they allow your feet to breathe. Unless you want to run a marathon they can be very ordinary shoes- I bet you have some in your wardrobe already! You probably need a light coat, after all we live in Britain and even on the best days there is the chance of rain or wind! However, none of the clothing you need for walking is fancy stuff, you probably have most of it already. You don’t have to fork out for expensive membership fees or equipment or clothing. You don’t have to pay for courts or entrance fees..and the countryside does not expect you to pay it for enjoying it.
Go walking along the rivers of Bury St Edmunds
Do you know how many beautiful places there are to go walking in Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk? The countryside is part of our heritage and there is a lot of it to explore. Bury Water Meadows Group are passionate about preserving the rivers and water meadows of Bury St Edmunds. Having successfully kept the Leg of Mutton from being developed we wanted to share that passion with the people of Bury St Edmunds. So, we have created a walking guide to those undiscovered, unappreciated and often ignored parts of our riverside.
Watch out for news of when the guide “A Tale of Two Rivers– An Illustrated Guide to the Rivers and Water Meadows of Bury St Edmunds” is published.