Get outside and take a hike
As we mix and socialise less we’re likely to spend more time indoors but that’s not great for our physical or mental health.
A great way to counter this is to get outside and take a hike as a family or with friends. It’s easy to socially distance and abide by the Rule of Six (dogs don’t count in the numbers!) and the fresh air will do everyone a power of good. It’s also a spectacular time of year to explore our beautiful borough as the seasons are changing.
There are many benefits from taking a brisk walk on a regular basis. It can:-
• Give you more energy and help you feel good
• Reduce stress and help you sleep better
• Keep your heart ‘strong’ and reduce blood pressure
• Help build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints
• Improve your balance and agility and build strength, power and endurance
• Boost your recovery from other more strenuous sports
• Give you a mental time out
• Help to manage your weight.
What’s more, almost everyone can do it, anywhere and any time, it’s free and you can start slowly and build up gently.
The website www.choosehowyoumove.co.uk features 10 short walks in Melton from 20 minutes to nearly two hours taking in the Town Parks, Rhubarb Island, stretches of the Jubilee Way and Melton Country Park.
For country rambles around the borough www.walkinginengland.co.uk has lots of routes you can download and print for free including Frisby Lakes, Stathern Woods and Burrough Hill which offers the bonus of great views from the Iron Age hill fort. Cafe Allez! at Belvoir Castle, meanwhile, has now published five walking routes from 2.5 to 9.5 miles.
If you wish to venture a little further Beacon Hill, Bradgate Park, the Grantham Canal, the Hambleton peninsula at Rutland Water and legs of the Leicestershire Round all have plenty to offer.
And if you want more of a challenge have a look at getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk which features long walks, cycling and running routes created by OS map users.
Keep moving and stay safe!