I walk because……

May is National Walking Month

National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is.  Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.

I think it’s fair to say, I love walking. I’m not what you would call an experienced hiker, just a lover of getting out there and exploring the big outdoors and all it has to offer. Over the last few years it’s become a big part of my life for so many reasons:

I walk because I can – after experiencing deteriorating mobility issues, I feared my love of walking was going to be severely compromised, but following some major surgery to restructure my pelvis, I’ve gone from strength to strength and ‘bagged’ The Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in 2016

Completing Hadrian’s Wall

I walk because it helps my wellbeing – even on the wettest, coldest days, a walk helps me to process any personal or work related issues and brings me back to the ‘now’ allowing me to just ‘be’ in that moment……maybe I should introduce the benefits of ‘Walkfullness’?

I walk because I absolutely adore walking with my beloved pooch – that wonderful relationship we have with our pets is so unconditional….as long as it incorporates a walk and food each day!

Special moments

I walk because it’s good for me – you don’t need me to tell you how good walking is for you. I’ve never been one for going to the gym. I’ve tried it several times over the years, usually as a New Year’s resolution like so many others. Interestingly, the only time I’ve ever totally stuck to a New Year’s resolution was following a drink induced conversation with a good friend and neighbour at a New Year party in 2014. We both set a goal to complete a long-distance trail and although life threw a few of its challenges along the way, we completed The Hadrian’s Wall National Trail in June 2016 and loved every moment of it.

I walk because it’s given me inspiration for art projects – I’m a dabbler in arts and crafts, especially mixed media. In 2016, I attended a couple of courses with the wonderful ArtPocket, who somehow managed to draw out an artistic side in me I never knew I had. My inspiration for my work primarily came from my observations on my walks in the countryside and on the Norfolk coast. This culminated by exhibiting my work in a couple of collective exhibitions with the other students on the courses.

I walk because I love to explore – I wouldn’t say I’m very adventurous but I do like to explore. I love those unexpected pleasures and treasures you find along the way. I’m not talking major things here, it’s usually the little things that are just so perfect at that moment. The flora and fauna, the wildlife, the amazing view, that perfect cuppa and cake spot, the other walker(s) you struck up a conversation with, the little ice-cream van, coffee stall or pub that just seemed to appear at the right time, a sunset or sunrise, a quote on a bench and the list goes on but if you’re a walker then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I walk because I love to make memories – isn’t it amazing how even though we’ve probably all experienced the dreaded blisters and muscle aches, that’s not what we ultimately remember. What we remember is the fulfilment of a good walk, the things we experience along the way, the views we wouldn’t get if we were stuck in a vehicle, that delicious cake stop, the welcoming pint of beer/cider/ale that only tastes that good following a good dollop of fresh air!

I walk because it’s now my job! – MarGins Walking and Glamping Holidays has emerged from my love of walking and wanting to enable people to enjoy Norfolk’s breath-taking Norfolk Coast. How lucky am I?

So, it’s your turn now…..

You walk because………

The British Heart Foundation has lots of information on the health benefits of walking. You could also raise funds by taking part in their Just Walk campaign.

The Outdoor Guide is a great website to visit for ideas on where to walk and so much more.

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