As with any physical activity it is generally understood and accepted practice to start off gently and gradually build your way up to a more ambitious level of exertion over a period of time, don’t push yourself to hard to start with, you will soon know how far you can walk without getting tired, remember you are supposed to enjoy the walking experience. It makes good sense to begin walking on safe and familiar terrain such as your local park or even begin with a stroll around a local housing estate until you are confident that you can tackle longer and more difficult walks. To begin with stay to level paths in populated areas so that help is at hand if you get into trouble and take a mobile phone with you just in case. If you begin to feel tired cut your walk short and try again another day.
Cross Country Walking
Once you have ascertained your personal level of fitness and ability, you may want to get started on some serious cross country walking,
Before engaging in cross country walking of any great distance it is worth considering any health conditions that may be exacerbated by heavy or prolonged physical exertion, if you suffer from any of the conditions listed below or any of the personal circumstances apply to you, we advise that you consult your GP for advice beforehand, (this list is not exhaustive).
. Heart Disease
. High Blood Pressure
. Sedentary for more than twelve months
. You do not currently exercise and are over the age of 65 years.
. You often feel faint and suffer with dizzy spells.
. You have chest pain especially when exerting yourself.
Whatever your reasons for walking, be it for health reasons or simply for the love of the countryside or both, there are few greater pleasures in life than the experience of the great outdoors and with over 130,000 miles of public footpaths in the UK alone, there is no reason why any two walks should ever follow the same direction across the same path twice.