Long recognised for his ability to compose and deliver verse,
Jolly Roger is thankful for the honour bestowed upon him by
the people of Alnwick, Northumberland.
During the present pandemic, with so much emphasis
being placed on home confinement it is easy to
overlook the importance of regular exercise. Providing
we remain close to home, stay 2 meters away from
others and limit ourselves to short walks it is
important to maintain an active regime. Whilst the
benefit of a good diet is well-known, exercise is also
documented as an aid to a long and healthy life.
Most of us can manage the diet side of things
perfectly well and fit our nutritional needs around our
lifestyle. However, when it comes to doing the same
with exercise many of us are sadly lacking.
Contrary to popular belief, exercise does not
have to be regimented or expensive, requiring us to
sign up for numerous classes or hours at the gym;
one of the simplest, best and cheapest forms of
regular exercise is walking, something most of us do
every day without even thinking about it.
Walking can easily be fitted into a daily routine
by most people. It improves lung and heart function
and strengthens the muscles in the lower body, and
because walking is a load-bearing activity it can help
with poor bone density, making it particularly
beneficial for older people. In short, we can all benefit
from walking.
There are many opportunities in the day to take a
walk and it does not have to be chore. Walking in
open countryside or the local park adds another
pleasant dimension to your exercise.
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But while you take in the beauty of the local flora
and fauna along your chosen route, focusing on the
quality and distance of your walking can
dramatically benefit your wellbeing and increase
After a few weeks of easing yourself into the habit,
try to walk more briskly and add some uphill
stretches into your route for extra benefit. This will
help burn off calories and increase cardiovascular
fitness, and once a good level has been reached, try
power walking at as fast a pace as you can manage
during the middle section of your walk. Enjoy
striding out, getting fresh air in your lungs and
appreciating your surroundings as you go along.
You will soon find that you start to look
forward to your daily walk, and you will certainly
notice the difference in your general health. Once
the present crisis is over, you may consider joining a
rambling club to enjoy your newfound exercise with
others. Ramblers meet for regular walks in stunning
surroundings, and tackle walks for all levels of
fitness. You may even find you make some new
friends to share your new exercise regime with.
Details of these clubs can be found on the internet
or at local libraries.
Sport - Walking
W/C 3rd May 2020