Exercise is important physically and mentally. To quote the NHS “Research shows that physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.”
We are still allowed to exercise. Walking is much lower risk than many activities. Therefore, all Nordic Walks will go ahead. However, we must follow best practice and adhere to Government guidelines. We must be respectful of distance and contact: keep 2 poles lengths apart, no hugging or shaking hands. Stopping at the café after the walk (if they’re open) will be a personal decision.
Being healthy and fit is the best way to boost your immune system and counter stress. In addition, in these turbulent and uncertain times meeting up for a walk may be the only social contact that some people have. Therefore, exercising outdoors and enjoying the fresh air will help us all if we follow the rules!