When we talk about getting into shape or working out to shift some weight, we always picture hitting the gym, swimming and exercise classes as the only way. However, many people forget about the impact simply going for a walk can have.
While going to the gym is definitely good for you, not everyone can either afford it or find the time to spend hours working on their figure. Getting out a couple of times a week for a 30 minute walk can do heaps of good, and you’d be surprised by the benefits that come with it.
Did you know that walking at 2mph for 30 minutes can burn up to 75 calories?
You can actually achieve some amazing results for what feels like a minimal effort, and in such a short amount of time too. Walking is a fantastic aerobic exercise and works great for maintaining fitness levels.
Going for daily walks can help to increase your metabolism by burning extra calories, and shedding some weight in the process. You don’t have to be hitting the gym every day to notice a change.
As well as working your lower abs, walking can help to tone up your quads and glutes as you go.
Walking is a fantastic workout for your legs, and can go a long way in strengthening your lower half.
Did you know that walking uses over 200 muscles? By working all of those muscles, you can imagine you’re going to start seeing some results.
Taking the time to catch some fresh air and go for a walk can actually help to reduce the chances of suffering a stroke.
The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30 minute walk every day helps to prevent and control high blood pressure that causes strokes by 27%. It can also help to reduce the risk of other chronic illnesses such as asthma, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Just like any other form of exercise, going for regular walks will boost feel-good endorphins in the body which in turn will reduce stress levels and anxiety.
Walking on a regular basis has even been proven to work as well as taking anti-depressants in cases of mild depression, so don’t underestimate the power of fresh air. Walks are great for giving you time to clear your head and lose yourself for a little while, and have been known to have a positive effect on mental health.
If you’ve got a pet, why not bring them along? Taking the dog on walks will also increase their mood, keeping them nice and healthy. You also get to spend some quality bonding time with your pet, which is never a bad thing.
Alongside the many physical benefits walking brings, you can also enjoy taking in nature and spending some quality time outdoors.
Mixing it up and changing the routes and locations you take on your walk is a fun way to see different parts of the area, and could be perfect for taking photos.
Photographing different locations you travel to can be a fun and unique way to keep walks interesting and gives you a visual log of all the walks you’ve completed.
The last benefit of going for a walk is that it costs absolutely nothing!
You can walk as much or as little as you like, and the world is your map. With plenty of beautiful open spaces to choose from, all you need is a good pair of walking shoes and a passion for the great outdoors.
You don’t have to travel far to find some fantastic walking spots, with a range of beautiful areas just a stone’s throw away.
If you’re looking for some beautiful spots for a lovely walk, look no further.
Pet’s Corner holds a lot of amazing memories for local residents both past and present since it’s opening in 1966, and is the perfect place to take the kids for some fresh air.
Have you ever taken a scenic walk along the River Stort before? Stretching 4 miles long, it is ideal for anyone that is wanting to tone up and really is one of our favourite summer walks.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve located on the outskirts of Harlow is another fantastic setting for a brisk walk. You can follow the guided trail and enjoy spotting the dear and small mini beats, as well as having access to over 50 acres of beautiful woodland.
At 164 acres, Harlow Town Park is one of the largest urban parks in the UK and is ideal for a summer’s evening walk. With a paddling pool, cafe and a bandstand, the Town Park can be a great place to bring the whole family.
Lastly, taking a trip to The Gibberd Garden is a must do if you’re a local resident. Designed by Sir Frederic Gibberd in the grounds of his home, the Garden includes a moated castle and over 50 beautiful sculptures to feast your eyes on.
As you can see, Harlow is not short of places to enjoy a walk and these are only a couple of our favourite spots in the local area. Have we missed out your favourite spot? Be sure to let us know.