Shake off the Christmas Excess With a Good Walk!With Christmas looming and all the trimmings that go with it, Hampshire County Council is encouraging residents to get out for at least one good walk over the Christmas period.

Cllr Patricia Stallard, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Health and Public Health, said: “Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, and become healthier. The County Council has five beautiful country parks plus Titchfield Haven National Nature Reserve which are the perfect places to stretch the legs over the Christmas period. Regular brisk walking will help to improve performance of the heart, lungs and circulation, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and strokes. It can also help to reduce stress levels and promote a sense of wellbeing.”

Did you know that it is recommended that adults do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity and the recommendation for children is at least 60 minutes every day and preferably more.

The Council is also supporting The Ramblers’ Festival of Winter Walks – an annual event to help more people to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of Britain’s wintery landscapes. There are hundreds of free group walks to choose from which are open to everyone. Whether people are new to walking or looking for a good leg-stretch this Christmas, there is a walk for all abilities and tastes. Check the Ramblers website for more details.

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