Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise. When we think about getting into shape or working out to lose weight we imagine hitting the gym, swimming length after length or attending numerous classes a week. While going to the gym or an exercise class is, of course, good for you, it isn’t an option for everyone either because of the cost or because of feeling self-conscious, that’s why we’ve come up with our list of Harlow walks to take.
Exercise is important for our health and wellbeing, whether you love it or hate it everyone should aim to do around twenty minutes exercise a day. What better way to do that than going for a walk? One of the greatest benefits of living in Harlow means having access to plenty of amazing outdoor areas that are perfect for a brisk walk so if you’re looking for more reasons to get out there and get into better shape look no further than what is on your doorstep. Here is some great Harlow walks to take.
Just walking at 2mph for 30 minutes can burn 75 calories! That is amazing for such minimal effort and in a short space of time. Pets corner holds many memories for local residents past and present since opening in 1966 and is the perfect place to take the kids for fresh air and for you to get walking if you’re a busy parent or you want to start off small. It’s also free with just a donation required so doesn’t have to be costly if you’re on a budget.
Walking will work your lower abs while also toning your quads and glutes as you go and if you walk at a quicker pace you will certainly start to feel the burn. Why not take a scenic walk along the River Stort on a summer’s afternoon? At four miles it is perfect for walking to tone up. It’s one of our favourite Harlow walks.
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 per cent. So 30 minutes walking burns nearly 100 calories and helps prevent a stroke? Amazing.
It also helps reduce the risk of other chronic illnesses such as asthma, Type 2 Diabetes, Heart Disease and some cancers.
Parndon Wood Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Harlow is the perfect setting for a brisk walk. Visitors can follow the guided trail and enjoy spotting the deer and small mini beasts. With over 50 acres of woodland, you could make your way around with family or friends on a weekend stopping off at the observation hides along the way.
Just like any other exercise, going for regular walks will boost feel-good endorphins which help reduce stress levels and anxiety. Walking on a regular basis has been proven to work as well as taking antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. At 164 acres Harlow Town Park is one of the largest urban parks in Britain. There is a paddling pool, a cafe and a bandstand which provides entertainment in the summer months with events including Jazz and rock festivals. Imagine a warm summer evening stroll accompanied by the sound of a saxophone; good for the body and good for the soul.
The last benefit of walking is that it is free and easy to do. You can walk as much or as little as you like and go anywhere that you wish. With plenty of beautiful open spaces to choose from all you need is a good pair of walking shoes or trainers and the great outdoors. Even a little bit of walking goes a long way.
If however, you’re feeling particularly adventurous, The River Stort links up Parndon Mill and the Gibberd Garden, two must-see visitor spots! Parndon Mill is a collection of Grade II listed buildings consisting of 27 studios and a gallery while the Gibberd Garden, which was designed by Sir Frederick Gibberd in the grounds of his home, includes a moated castle and over 50 sculptures. You can even stop off at the Town Park and Pets Corner along the way; a perfect day out for burning calories and for families with children who have a lot of energy to burn.