Wednesday, 29 June 2016

These boots are made for walking

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Put your best foot forward for fitness
If I told you there was a safe, easy and cheap way to lose weight and stay healthy that suits just about everyone you’d be interested right? Well, there is – and you can start this great workout right now by getting up from your desk, sofa or chair and going for a walk.

Yep, walking could just be the new cardio – with recent research suggesting walking might be just as good as gentle jogging – and potentially better for you than long-term strenuous endurance exercise. With national guidelines recommending 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week, walking is easy to start and even easier to incorporate it into daily life. 

But why is walking so good for you?

Healthy heart

US scientists recently found walking can lower risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running. And as well as improving your cardiovascular system, you can expect walking to boost circulation, helping you to flush out toxins and preventing varicose veins too. Walking also helps to improve bone health and if you ‘power walk’ you can burn calories and potentially lose weight (without ever having to break into a run!).

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You can't fail to feel better after a walk
There are also psychological benefits to walking - with the release of feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins. Walking has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, attention and concentration and even help you sleep better. Walking can also be a social activity – giving you the opportunity to meet new people – or giving you a healthier alternative to catching up with friends over a coffee and a sticky bun! As an added incentive, you’ll also be doing your bit for the planet if you swap car journeys for walking, by reducing air pollution.

Start now!

And finally, because walking is a low-impact activity, you can get all the benefits of a regular workout – without the risk of injury. Some people even think it’s better for the spine than running.

The best bit about walking is you can start immediately – without investing in expensive equipment that could end up sat guiltily in a cupboard. However, if you’re planning on covering a decent distance it makes sense to wear comfortable clothing that you can move in and be prepared for a change in weather. Layering is often the key to success in the British climate. Also take some water to avoid dehydration – and your phone – to cover all emergencies!

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Choose a waterproof and lightweight boot

Invest in your feet

That said, if you are planning to walk regularly the piece of kit you really must invest in is a decent pair of walking boots. Look for boots that are waterproof (it’s no fun with cold, wet feet!), light (the difference between walking in a heavy pair and a light pair is amazing), offer protection from the terrain and have ankle support – and boots that are comfortable from the outset.

For me, the Regatta Samaris Mid-Cut Walking Boot fit the bill. They are waterproof, breathable and comfortable, and designed for light trekking and rambling in changeable conditions, with an Isotex liner to keep feet dry inside and out. The heels and toe feature tough-wearing rubber overlays for increased durability, and the mid-cut height and internal steel shank provide solid support on uneven ground (great for my recovering Achilles!). They even have EVA shock pads to cosset my feet. 

I walk a lot with the dog – and this means in all weathers and over both hard and soft surfaces. My wellies were waterproof but didn’t offer any support or grip (like when I fell off a style – ouch!) – and trainers couldn’t cope with the soggy mud and large puddles I often come across. In the end, my boots of choice came from JD Williams – who stock a whole range of ankle boots including the Regatta Samaris. 

So, what are you waiting for? Pull on those boots and let’s get walking!

Disclaimer: This post was produced in association with JD Williams.


  1. In recent months, I have turned from running to walking! I find it still gives me my exercise high, as long as I keep up a good pace, and I don't get as dehydrated as I do with running.

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