Walking is one of the most natural exercises out there and is an excellent way to stay healthy, control your weight, keep happy, enjoy time with friends and family, learn more about your local area and even look after the environment!
You don't need any special equipment or training to get started and it's easy to make a few changes to your daily life to fit it in. Another big benefit of walking is that it's natural and easy on the body and, even if you're unfit, you can start slowly and build up gradually.
Virtually wherever you live, you don't have to travel far to do it and you can also help the environment and save on transport costs by walking at least part of the way to work, to the shops, to meet friends or by taking the kids to school on foot!
... The best news about walking is that almost anyone can do it, anywhere and at any time, for free!
A decent pair of shoes will keep your feet happy when walking long distances but walking a bit more each day can be easily achieved in what you normally wear simply by adding a little more distance to your everyday routines.
Opportunities to get walking in Cornwall
We are spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful scenery and public footpaths in Cornwall and there are a whole host of organised walking groups set up.
What's even better is that it's really easy to make a few small changes to your daily routine to walk a little bit more and increase your steps to 10,000 per day.
4/4 : it's one of the joys of it; you can go walking all year round.
Walking is one of the most sociable activities you can do
Fitness level required
For most people walking is a safe and effective form of exercise and you can start without checking with a doctor.
However, if you're very unfit, currently suffering with or recovering from a serious illness; or if you have any other concerns about your health, you should discuss this with your doctor before you get walking. It may be that you need to start more slowly and build up gradually.
Potential calorie burn