Walking holidays in Europe are excellent if you’re looking for singles adventure holidays because you can join like-minded people and walk with them, or else you can walk alone with your itinerary worked out in advance for you.
You can find holidays where all accommodation is pre booked along the way and your luggage is transported to each place ready for you when you arrive.
Walking is the best way to see magnificent off the beaten track places and get in touch with nature. This is a green activity as well, especially if you leave your car where it is and catch the train to your holiday destination.
If you’re planning a family adventure holiday, you ought to all get yourselves a bit of walking training at home so that you’re fitter when you arrive. Walking does not need much preparing, money or expertise and it can quickly become a part of your lifestyle. By fitting it into your every day routine, for example walk to the shops, to the library, to the playground, you’ll soon start noticing a real difference to how you feel, and the long-term advantages are enormous.
Burning up 500 to one thousand calories per week equals walking 6 to 12 miles. Try this every week and you can decrease the risk of premature death by 20% – 30%! Simply by walking you will guard yourself against several diseases which include high blood pressure, cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. It also helps to protect against type 2 diabetes, some forms of cancer, and obesity. It improves musculoskeletal health, mental health, happiness and also well-being.
The Department of Health recommendations state that adults should do 30 minutes a day of moderate intensity physical activity, on at least five days of the week. It can be done in 10-minute short walks. Children and young people need to exercise for at least an hour each day. In order to have any lasting benefits however, you have to keep doing it each week.
How fast you should walk depends on how fit you are. You need to increase your breathing rate, heart rate and work up a bit of a sweat. If you can keep the pace up for 10 minutes then that’s right. Take drinking water with you and ask a friend to join you. Walking is so addictive people actually choose do it on holiday!
Article by Lukas Campbell Bouchard