GO Outdoors challenges public to Walk Around the World in 80 Days


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Britain’s biggest outdoor retailer is teaming up with industry bosses and mountain rescuers in challenging to the public to walk round the world.

GO Outdoors’ Walk Around the World in 80 Days Challenge will begin later this month, with walkers urged to tackle the equivalent of the earth’s circumference, almost 25,000 miles.

Any walks completed during the period can be logged on the company’s website and a voluntary donation made to mountain rescue.

The challenge is being backed by the industry’s Britain on Foot campaign, gear brand Mammut, Walk4Life, Swiss Tourism and Ordnance Survey.

The Walk Around the World in 80 Days challenge has already seen some of the most influential outdoor organisations in the country all working together for the first time with a common aim.

What a great idea! So many people don’t consider walking as a form of exercise, that perhaps we need to change our perceptions.

I recently visited family, and stupid me, I forgot the sports bra! Doh! I have running shoes, etc but until I can locate some ‘support’ locally the only form of exercise I have to hand is walking, so that is what I have been doing.

Don’t discount it, my father has been walking the dog three times a day since he got him, and not being a dog owner before, he says he has definitely noticed the difference in his fitness.

We aren’t talking about a stroll round the corner here, mind, but walking can definitely be added in as a fitness option, if you are restricted by health, or other means.

Basics

  • A good pair of training shoes from a sports shop are best, but comfortable shoes, properly laced, will do the job.
  • Wear comfortable, breathable clothing.
  • If you’ve not exercised in a while, consult your doctor before starting any new exercise programme.
  • However fast you walk, you need to try to maintain good posture.

    Work through this check list, starting from your feet up, to get your posture right before you start.

  • Walk with your feet hip-width apart and parallel, landing on your heels and coming squarely off your toes so that your feet don’t roll in (pronate) or roll out (supinate).
  • Keep your knees in line with your toes so they don’t turn in or out and your hips should be square to the front.
  • Lightly pull in your tummy to help support your back. – Roll your shoulders down away from your ears to open your chest. This makes it easier to get full deep breaths.
  • Look straight ahead, your chin parallel to the ground and your neck in line with the rest of your spine so that your ears are in line with your shoulders.
  • Stand tall by imagining a cord running through the centre of your body and coming out of the top of your head that pulls you upwards.
  • Keep breathing evenly and deeply throughout and make sure you are well hydrated by drinking water before, during and after your walk. Drink more if it’s a hot day.
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