This is a guest blog post by Stepz.
When the weather starts to improve and the sun makes more than a fleeting appearance it is time to start looking at getting out there and getting active.
Whilst there are many different types of outdoor exercise that you can do, there is one that takes little preparation and can be completed by almost everyone; walking.
So with the wonder of walking in mind we have put together our top 10 awesome outdoor walking activities that you just have to try this summer!
1. Urban Poling
Urban Poling, or Nordic Walking as it is also known as, takes regular walking and gives it a mighty boost. Simply explained, Urban Poling is a cross between hiking and cross country skiing, using specially designed poles whilst walking for a maximum muscle workout (it uses 90% of the body’s muscles). In fact it is thought that Urban Poling burns around 20-40% more calories than a standard walk, and it is pretty fun too!
2. Power Walking / Athlete Walking
Power Walking is designed for those who like to live in the fast lane. Designed to be more of a slow jog than a normal walk, Power Walking works out not only your legs but also your arms and hips too and improves not only your cardiovascular health but your muscle tone too! It really is a full body workout!
Hiking has become popular over recent years as it not only is a social way to exercise but it also allows you to discover some really interesting parts of the countryside too.
If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer then orienteering is likely to be right up your street. All you need is a map, a compass and some good quality walking shoes and you can set out to explore the wild world around you.
With links to orienteering, Eco-trails is designed to increase awareness of the world around us and how we can respect nature better. Ideal for younger walkers; these are interesting and insightful peek into the wonders of the world.
6. Free Walking Tours by locals
What better way to learn about a new town or city then to have a guided tour by a local? These free tours are not only great ways to explore an unknown area but you can also learn a lot about the culture, history of a place as well as where to get the best dinner!
7. Jane’s Walk
Another great free walk is Jane’s Walk. Led by volunteers in a variety of cities around the world; Jane’s Walks were inspired by Jane Jacobs and her love of community life. These walks combine exercise with a chance to uncover some of the most interesting parts of community life too.
8. Shinrin-yoku or Forest Bathing
Although it sounds like an activity you should do in private; Forest Bathing is essentially taking a nice walk in the forest and embracing all of the natural wonder that surrounds you. No need for sponges or bubble bath!
9. Water Walking
As the name suggests water walking is a water based activity where you use the resistance of the water to boost your workout. Ideal for those who are looking for a low impact alternative to standard walking, it is fun and social too!
10. Barefoot walking
What better way to get closer to nature then to actually get closer? Barefoot walking involves walking barefoot (no surprises there) on any natural surface. Grass, sand and mud all make for perfect barefoot walking paths, just make sure that you stick to shoes when heading onto the gravel!
Walking activities come in a variety of forms and can be something you do in pairs, with the family or even alone. The important thing to remember is that no matter how you do it; getting out there and enjoying those few months of summer is one of the best ways to feel alive as well as get a workout!