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20 Walking and Hiking Snippets

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Many of us love walking and find it good for mind, body and soul. Whether we walk to work, school or the shops, explore your local footpaths and parks or stride out in one of our beautiful national parks and AONBs, there is no doubt that walking is good for us. And from the feedback we receive at iFootpath, we know that whether you walk alone, with friends & family or your furry companions - people love walking.

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Claire

What is your Local Park worth to you?

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Local parks are many things to many people. They act as safe havens for children to play, open spaces for dogs (and their owners) to socialise, training grounds for would-be athletes, places of escape for office-workers and communal gardens for apartment-dwellers. They also perform a vital role as a network of green spaces and corridors that allow birds, insects and other wildlife to spread and thrive. So how do you put a price on all that? Fields in Trust, a charity that champions and protects our green spaces, has done just that, through a detailed piece of research. The answer is a huge £34 billion and the details behind this are fascinating…

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iFootpath Insight: Empowering Children through Walking

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There’s no doubt that walking with our children offers lots of potential benefits to their physical and emotional health, but wouldn’t it be nice to know how to maximise this potential? In this month’s guest blog, we are delighted to get real insight and detailed advice from NLP Therapist, Debbie Kinghorn. Debbie has more than 15 years of experience in psychology, coaching and communications and specialises in helping children and their parents with anxiety, bullying and confidence building. Discover Debbie’s simple methods and top tips to empower your children before, during and after a walk…

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Claire

How Dogs Protect Our Hearts

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Regular followers of the iFootpath blog, will know that I am often singing the praises of our canine pals. Who can blame me? Dogs are wonderful walking companions and you don’t have to look far to find scientific studies that show the many health benefits of dog ownership. The latest paper comes from Sweden, revealing how dog owners have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease…
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Claire

The Science of Walking on Autopilot

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One of the joys of iFootpath is having access to more than a thousand UK walking routes, meaning there is always somewhere new to discover. Many of us also have our tried and tested favourite routes and, if you are like me, you may have four or five local dog-walking routes that you have walked hundreds of times. If so, have you noticed that sometimes you walk these routes whilst barely noticing your surroundings? It’s a bit like travelling to work, when some days you are not sure you can remember all the details of the commute. This always left me a little worried and wondering if a such a lapse of concentration might be unsafe. Well researchers at Cambridge University have put my mind at rest, with research showing that autopilot mode is a very normal part of our brain’s activity…

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Claire

Spreading the Walking Word for a Healthy Nation

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Two national news stories have caught my eye in the last few weeks, entirely different topics but both linked to the sad rise of inactivity that seems to be gripping the nation. The health impact of inactivity can lead to suffering in humans and canines alike, so maybe we should be trying to pair up buddies that might be able to help each other…
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