I came across the Walking the way to Health website today. I don’t know why I had never come across this site before. It is a joint initiative between Natural England and the British Heart Foundation.
I was particularly impressed at the number of walking groups around the country and how easy it was to find one in your area. For those who want some walking companions, I thought it seemed an excellent starting point.
But I feel the best way to walking your way to fitness into is to simply walk instead of using the car! It still amazes me how many people would rather jump in the car to go to the local shops, to school, to work when the price of petrol is sky high. I feel guilty about using the car these days and would much rather to walk for the sake of our health, the environment and my purse!
This week was "Walk to School" week in England. I wonder if it actually made a difference to the number of kids venturing to school on foot? I wonder if fuel bills have been lower and if the environment has benefited ever so slightly? There has been no evidence of increased foot-fall along Welsh pavements over the last five days despite the sunshine. There were still as many cars battling into the school car park, the same rush hour scurry! Why, oh why are children not encouraged to walk to and from school when we all know the benefits of regular exercise?
A ten minute walk to school would ensure our young were bright and alert for their educational day. A walk home together would allow you to discuss the day before the rush to start the tea whilst competing with "Balamory" or "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as it is in our house at the moment. But what if you live far from your child’s school? Have to drop off on the way to work? Well, you could park five minutes walk away. This would have multiple benefits – lower stress levels on the parking front, increased child safety as you are parking away from the congestion, not to mention the fresh air and exercise. Maybe after the half term, eh!
We had a wonderful family day out at The Outdoors Show at the NEC last weekend. Loads of exhibits: Orienteering, mountain biking, high ropes, diving, etc.
My two sons loved the caving experience provided by the British Caving Association. I was a bit concerned when my 5 year old wanted to go in the “cave” alone, but one of the lads from the caving association offered to guide him through. Rhys came out beaming and couldn’t wait to have another go!
The climbing wall was a favorite with Lewys who is 9. He was a little disappointed that he was unable to reach the bell at the top, but nevertheless he made it to the summit!
Adventure Togs was born one wet and windy day in 2004 when we were out shopping for waterproofs for our two sons. We came home with empty bags and an online search proved fruitless. All the companies we usually shopped with for adult waterproofs had a very limited childrens range and a gap in the market was identified!
Trade began that October and we now sell waterproofs, base layers and fleecewear by Outdoor Scene, Keela, GTI and Target Dry for children and adults.
Many of our customers are parents or grandparents looking to kit out their youngsters and themselves. We also supply schools, nurseries and playgroups throughout the UK.