Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve physical and mental health and a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger – whilst saving yourself some money and getting active in the process!
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Do you love the outdoors but struggle to get the kids outside in all weathers? Here are five top tips from Muddy Puddles about how to make outdoor play fun, whatever the weather.
- Don’t make it overwhelming – A run around in the garden, a walk in the woods or a trip to a local park for an hour can all help to boost their health, without being too overwhelming.
- Comfort is key – Whether it’s a rainproof jacket and waterproof trousers, or an all-in-one puddle suit, you’ll just need a pair of insulated wellies to keep those little toes warm and you’re all set!
- Switch things up – A trip to the park or a walk with the dogs are always good ways to get outside, but there are lots of other ideas which might grab your children’s attention.
- Encourage interaction and spontaneity – While a mucky school uniform is a nuisance, there’s nothing wrong with getting filthy while playing outside. Encourage your children to interact with the outdoors space in whatever way inspires them -–regardless of how messy they get.
- Rope in their friends – While a mucky school uniform is a nuisance, there’s nothing wrong with getting filthy while playing outside. Encourage your children to interact with the outdoors space in whatever way inspires them -–regardless of how messy they get.
The Parks Trust say Celebrate National Walking Month – Throughout the month you’ll be able to attend a variety of walking events, take part in their Walking Festival as well as follow new self-led walking routes which will be released shortly.
This year’s Walking Festival will be taking place across the weekend of 7th to 9th May. Over this three-day period, there is an exciting programme of walks across the city, all of which vary in difficulty and duration meaning there’s always something for everyone. A great family walk is an introduction to Geocaching, or if you’re looking to find out more about the culture in Milton Keynes take part in the Public Art in Campbell Park walk.
The Walking Festival also includes walks to allow you to explore new areas such as Wolverton Floodplain and Waterhall Park. The Parks Trust would like to thank their Walking Festival partners and volunteers, without their support they wouldn’t be able to put on such a variety of walks.
Walks Around Britain has a list of all the Walking Festivals throughout 2022 in the UK.