There are many reasons why we choose to go walking! Maybe we simply enjoy the open space and healthy fresh air, or maybe we want to keep ourselves fit. For many of us though, it could just be the case that we want to appreciate the lovely views and smells of our beautiful countryside. ifootpath” provides a great mobile phone app and website that can help you to find local walks, ranging from short 1 mile walks to long distance walks, sometimes up to 14 miles, all over the UK. The app features walks with historical trails, coastal paths, footpaths and byways, along with a fine selection of circular pub walks. For ease of use, the walks are separated according to county and walk type.
Included in the app are, 'must see' sights which are clearly highlighted and very useful instructions are given to help pinpoint 'key-focus' points such as kissing gates, muddy paths, stiles (that accommodate dogs) and wildlife. Once the app has been downloaded on to your phone, your nearby walks will be listed, together with 'ratings' for each walk, from fellow walkers who have already tried and tested them out. In order to be safe and comfortable when out walking, it really is necessary to wear the right clothing, footwear and equipment. Indeed, being kitted out with the right gear is likely to motivate you to journey even further when out on your walks! One piece of equipment that is vital, yet often overlooked, is a good pair of walking socks. There are many socks available on the market, made from different materials that include merino wool, coolmax, polyester, cotton and acrylic. Wearing the wrong type of sock may actually result in aching or sore feet, uncomfortable feet that become too hot or cold or, in some cases, painful blisters.
Gear to reduce blisters
There are many causes of blisters, but perhaps the main cause when out walking, is friction created between your sock and your foot. Blisters may also occur due to poor-fitting walking boots or shoes. A blister can develop over a period of time, or if there is intense rubbing, they can appear quite quickly. Blisters are also caused by over-heated, or sweaty feet. There are many ways to reduce the possibility of getting blisters. Firstly, take time trying on a range of different walking boots or shoes to ensure a perfect fit. It is recommended that when trying on new boots or shoes that you walk up and down steps, to check whether your heel or foot moves or slides in the footwear. If you find your foot moves up, down, or forwards inside the boot or shoe, then you may need to consider going down a size, or trying on a different style. Comfort is key, so there should be no pinching of the foot, or squeezing of your toes. “1000mile” socks is a brand that guarantees blister free walking for one thousand miles! (Or you will get your money back!) Using a unique double layer technology, 1000mile socks will actually eliminate the friction between your footwear and your socks. Tactel and wool 'ultra' materials have been used in these socks, which will “wick” perspiration, resulting in cool and dry feet all day long! Definitely worth a try. Another tip to help reduce friction between your sock and foot, is to wear a liner sock underneath your existing walking socks. In order to 'wick' perspiration, the liner sock ideally should be made from either Coolmax or Tactel material. Coolmax is a moisture-wicking polyester fabric that has been specially engineered to improve 'breathability' and Tactel is a soft silky fabric that is both breathable and lightweight. Also, if you are prone to blisters, you may wish to consider wearing a 'Compeed' product, such as wound protective bandage and plasters. Compeed plasters encourage blisters to heal quickly and can also reduce the possibility of scarring. So, no matter what your plans may be for your weekend ahead, perhaps local circular pub walks or maybe 12 mile walks along the Thames, do be sure to enjoy yourself - and be both safe and comfortable! Do try to avoid getting blisters, by wearing walking boots or shoes that really do fit well, along with a good choice of walking socks to help reduce the possibility of sore feet or blisters.
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