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New Year’s resolutions – why not try something new?

New Year’s resolutions – why not try something new?

January is the traditional month for making New Year’s resolutions and for sharing our best intentions for the coming year with family and friends. It’s the perfect time to get out of a rut and sort out our life. January is ‘all change’, whether it’s our job, relationships, home or lifestyle. Most of us feel a psychological need for renewal, both physical and mental. It can be a reaction to the holiday season, when we throw sensible routines out of the window, often leading to weight gain and unhealthy habits. So we start each year with ambitious plans to sort out our mind, body, and soul, but after the big buzz and enthusiasm of the first weeks, success is elusive. With all this in mind, we have come up with some ideas on how to combine fitness with enjoyment, so you don’t ditch your good intentions at the first hurdle. New Year’s resolutions: wellness tips Losing weight is not ‘mission impossible’ but it’s not easy to maintain that ideal weight. Our busy lives and sedentary jobs often lead to eating convenience, fatty foods and skipping exercise. It’s a well-known fact that most gym memberships are bought early in January but access cards end up languishing in a drawer come February. Walking for fun and fitness The NHS has recognised the benefits of walking with its campaign Walking for Health.  Walking groups are operating in many UK counties to suit all levels of fitness. The campaign’s website offers plenty of advice on how to start and, crucially, how to stay motivated. It also explains walking health benefits in great detail:...
The health benefits of walking

The health benefits of walking

We’re continually bombarded with the negative side effects of doing enjoyable things, so it’s nice when you hear that doing something enjoyable has positive side effects! Our Countryside, Pub and Waterway Tours have just such an effect, while they immerse you in Britain’s natural beauty and bring its very history to life, the tour’s humble and ancient mode of transport, namely walking, over an average four to six miles, delivers significant health benefits. Research indicates that walking regularly can increase the longevity of a person’s life, and may also be linked to lower rates of heart disease. You don’t need any fancy equipment to go for a walk, just the appropriate clothing, a bottle of water, some sunscreen and the keen urge to explore Britain’s countryside. Here are some of the health benefits you can expect to receive by embarking on long walks in the countryside. Improved cardiovascular health It’s been proven that people who go on regular walks are significantly less likely to develop heart disease than those that don’t exercise. In addition to this, regular walkers suffer from less strokes and generally have lower blood pressure. Coronary heart disease is currently Britain’s biggest killer, so by taking regular exercise in the form of walking you are reducing the chances of becoming part of this statistic. Weight loss While mass marketing would have you believe that weight loss is only accomplishable using fad diets and rigorous workout routines, the truth is that you can dramatically overhaul your physique by embarking on long walks at a steady pace on a weekly basis. While the prospect of heading to a...