Walking for your fitness, we have all done Christmas and some of us may still be on track for hitting our  New Year resolutions, but if fitness was one of them then why not just get walking. The greatest thing about walking is that it is absolutely free.

They say we need to do 10,000 steps a day but if you have an office job that is a tall target and all the more reason for making good use of the weekend.

Winter heading into Spring is one of my favourite times at the coast, as long as it is dry you can wrap up warm and if you are like me and have a dog then most beaches allow dogs.

Walking for fitness

Reading all the new year magazines they are all about diets and weight loss programmes or expensive gym memberships or the latest workout trends. But to me, although I am no fitness or nutrition expert, it is all about good life balance.

You need to eat a balanced diet and take reasonable actions to exercise, where exercise can be just a brisk 30-minute walk. Depending on how fast you walk you can burn up to 150 calories in this 30 minutes.

Some other advantages of walking are that it is less impact on your body than running and the most important point is that you have time to think and take in the surroundings.

Coast walking

The time walking gives you to look at and take in your surroundings is where our coast comes in, most of us can easily get to the coast for the day. If you are in London then a short train journey will get you exploring, check out our top 5.

As well as the fitness aspects, walking is a great activity the whole family can do together. What you undertake is really dependent on the age makeup of your family:

  • If you have young children then you are not going to walk miles but a better option is beachcombing or searching the rockpools. Although you don’t cover the distance you will burn a lot of energy. Why not check out our beachcombing tips.
  • If you have teenagers then although beachcombing is a great activity you do have the option to explore a larger area from the coast path. Why not track down some remote small bays and coves.
  • If you have no kids then a brisk coast path walk to a pub or beach restaurant is a good idea, although you would need the healthy option as to not waste the effort just undertaken.

Where to go

The UK coastline is just so diverse and you will be surprised by what you can discover. All too often we like to visit places we have been to before or where we have memories but just think, every place needs to be visited for the first time.

I would suggest checking out our coast map and looking for the closest stretch of coast. Once a rough area has been found then scan the areas just along from the major seaside towns. I am sure you will be surprised at just what you can discover.

 

Why not create a new challenge in visiting a new coastal location, walking for fitness does not have to be tiresome.

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