Walking

Rustle up the kids, hurry up the parents and go for a good old fashioned family walk.

The sharp winter air, the local sights and sounds, that freshness that comes from being outdoors, ahhhhh, – it’s something you’ll all enjoy together.

Wild walk

We’re really lucky to live among the most beautiful scenery in the world. Walking is a great way to enjoy it. It’s fun, it’s free and if done regularly it will help keep you fit.

Our bodies were built for walking so get out and hit the pavement, beach and dirt tracks anywhere at anytime.

Why Walk?

Whoever said the best things in life are free, was probably a walker. Walking is fun, healthy and easy on
your bank balance.

Cardiovascular health – increasing your heart rate and circulation through a more efficient intake of oxygen.

Muscular strength – a tonic for the muscles! Muscles in many groups will be strengthened.

Healthy bones – walk or you’re chalk. A little regular activity will help prevent osteoporosis which causes brittle bones, especially in women.

Energy expenditure – walk off your wobbles. You’ll burn calories, add tone to your legs and help deflate that spare tyre.

Posture – walking tall will help you maintain good posture. This is particularly important as you get older.

Relaxation – ever noticed how hard it is to walk and worry at the same time? A brisk walk in the fresh air is a great way to unwind.

Social life – talk while you walk. Make new friends and enjoy yourself while walking your way to better health. Join a walking group.

Local knowledge – you don’t have to be a tramper to drink in the beauty and tranquillity of our farmland and native bush. Our towns and cities are dotted with walkways and parks. Explore them!

Self-esteem – you will get fitter, your body will be more toned and you will feel better about yourself. Isn’t it worth it?

Info courtesy of SPARC

Maps to great local walks:

Marlborough:

Nelson:

 

Rolling along: A family stroll along the railway reserve. (Image NCC) Rolling along: A family stroll along the railway reserve. (Image NCC)

Get the most out of your walk

A step-by-step approach:

Make it a habit – Pick a walking time that suits your lifestyle, your biorhythms and your schedule. You know the best time to walk.

Be flexible – Be committed to walking but not obsessed.It’s not the end of the world if you miss a walk – but don’t let a day off ruin a good habit.

Avoid boredom – When you start to get in a rut, change your route or your routine.

Walk tall – Keep the body straight and let your arms and legs do the work. Stride naturally and let your arms swing gently to develop rhythm and help balance.

The air you breathe – Breathe deeply and rhythmically. Try breathing in for four paces and out for four.

Challenge yourself – Walk briskly for a minimum of 20 minutes. You deserve all the health benefits walking brings.

Write it down – Using your calendar or diary may help you stay motivated.

With a little help – Friends, family, partner or dog. Seek moral support. It will help you stick with it.

Be patient – It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen. It may take up to six weeks to feel the benefits
of regular walking.

Info courtesy of SPARC

Family walk on the beach