May 21st, 2015

These boots were made for walking!

It’s officially National Walking Month, the perfect excuse to take to the great outdoors and swap four wheels for two feet with your friends, family and work colleagues. Launched by LivingStreets, this May’s campaign is celebrating the many health benefits of walking, including the difference it can make to the health of our nation.

So as a nation, how much walking should we be doing?

According to health experts we should be walking around 10,000 steps a day, which is the equivalent to about five miles. However, as a nation we are missing out on precious steps with most Britons only walking 4,500 steps a day! That’s just under half of our daily walking recommendation.

So why walk?

Regular walking can strengthen your heart as its been shown to help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It will lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Not only that, but walking also keeps blood pressure in check too. A good brisk walk can strengthen and shape your legs, giving great definition to calves, quads, and hamstrings as well as lifting your glutes, (if you add a hill climb that is). Not only this, but quite surprisingly walking can whittle your waist too. Simply pay close attention to your posture as you walk and your abs will begin to tone. Regular walking is also one of the key benefits to healthy skin! A lot of the time we tend to focus on the cardiovascular benefits of physical activity, but did you know anything that promotes circulation also keeps your skin healthy and vibrant.

  • Instant Glow:

Have you ever heard of that great post- workout glow? Well it’s true! If you take a brisk walk and get your heart pumping, this will increase circulation and your skin will receive a dose of oxygenated blood that boosts cell renewal.

  • Acne Relief:

Walking can also help aid skin conditions like acne, rosacea or psoriasis. When you sweat this helps flush cellular debris out of the system, correcting the hormonal imbalances that can cause adult acne.

  • Reverse the ageing process:

Exercise is a great way to blow off tension, as it boosts levels of soothing brain chemicals, but what’s interesting, is that regular walking can work on a cellular level to reverse the toll of stress on our ageing process!


Where in Britain is the best place to walk?

If you are planning to take on a good hike in celebration of #NationalWalkingMonth this month, then make sure you are walking in the best place possible for your skin.

A recent clinical study found that those living in highly polluted areas, had significantly worse skin hydration than those living in the cleaner suburbs, despite making better lifestyle choices, such as cleansing routines, water consumption and greater skincare products usage.  So to ensure healthy skin, here are our picks of the best hikes in Britain. 

Happy Walking!

  • Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall - ‘You will breeze through some of Britain’s most spectacular coastline, complete with exotic subtropical plants, rugged caves and exquisite coves, and an endlessly churning sea.’
  • South Downs Way- ‘Cradling a hundred-mile swathe from the historic city of Winchester to the spectacular white cliffs of Beachy Head, this clement landscape of ancient woodland, open heath and chalky downs may lend itself more to rambling and cycling than hardcore hiking, but its recently awarded national park status reflects a rural charm wholly distinct from Britain’s remoter corners.
  • Helvellyn, Lake District – ‘Beloved of Wordsworth, Wainwright and generations of walkers, England’s most popular mountain is a study in contrast, its summit flat enough to land a plane and its deceptively named western arête, Striding Edge, sharp enough – terrifyingly so – to evoke the Sublime in even the most hardened scrambler.’


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