|Blog Article|||||By Simplyhealth||23 August 2021|
Making your walking routine more exciting is a fantastic way to help improve your mental and physical health this summer.
Look at the six boredom busters below, to jazz-up your summer walks:
Wake up your senses by going for a walk in the fresh air. Why not call a friend and have some company along the way? The people you’re close to are only a phone call away if you can’t be with them in person - and you can enjoy a catch-up while you explore your surroundings. Make memorable conversations by describing your discoveries while you walk.
Create a checklist for you and your family to help you on your walk. You could start with easy ones like trees and flowers, then make them trickier by making them more specific, like red leaves and yellow flowers. Here are a few to start with
How about collecting some flowers to press? Once they’re flat and dry, they could be used in a collage. Or you could gather a collection of different sized sticks to glue together and paint.
Bring your camera or phone to take photos along your walk. Take a close-up picture of something and get your family and friends to guess what it is. We’d love to see them too, so why not share them on social media and tag us @SimplyhealthUK
Need some motivation? Set weekly challenges between family and friends to reach a target for a certain amount of steps in a week. Or, set yourself some personal challenges such as walking a mile a-day, or getting out in nature for ten minutes during your lunch break. Challenges and a little healthy competition can go a long way in helping you achieve what you want to
Listening to your favourite music can really make that walk much more enjoyable. You may even find yourself walking further or faster than you set out to! Just remember to be extra careful near roads and stay alert for any hazards along the way.
To help you record your walks and all the exciting things you discover along the way, we’ve created a two week 'Capture your day' calendar. Download it below for some photo fun!