Walking is great low impact exercise and a fantastic place to start if you haven't exercised in a while.
We have plenty of walking groups at many different levels. If you're just starting out then you could think about joining health walks which are gentle and suitable for most people. To find your nearest health walking group, please visit the Walking for Health website.
You can also find a number of Wychavon walking groups.
Stroll and stride
Once you've got your confidence you might like to think about walking on your own or with friends. There are lots of walking routes available
- Avon Valley Circular Walks
- Blossom Trail
- Bredon Hill Walks
- Droitwich to Worcester Severn Walk
- Hanbury Circular Walk
- Vale of Evesham Walks
- Wychavon Way
- Wyche Way
- National Trails
Picking up the pace
Geocaching is the world’s largest treasure hunt. Using your smart phone or GPS, find the nearest geocache you would like to find and navigate to it, there are over 2 million worldwide. Once you find it, simply write in the log book, trade knick knacks, re-hide the Cache. There is an app that you can download for free on Google Play and also download on the app store.
Canicross walking and running
Canicross is the sport of running off-road with your dog. The human participant wears a waistbelt which attaches via a 2-metre bungee line to a padded dog harness. It is a fantastic way to keep you and your dog fit whilst enjoying the great outdoors together. It provides a physical workout for your dog and the use of directional commands will help him to learn to use his brain and build up his confidence.
Try something different
Nordic walking is an enhancement of ordinary walking – it makes something we can all do twice as effective. Nordic walking uses poles to in order to add two major benefits to walking. The use of poles means the upper body muscles are used as well as the legs. The poles help to propel the walker along – this means he/she works harder than usual yet the support given by the poles makes it feel easier! It can be done by anybody, anywhere and does not require expensive equipment or clothing.
NHS Couch to 5k Walking to Running
Starting with a brisk 5 min walk to running a 5k without stopping with a 9 week plan. This is a running plan designed to get complete beginners from couch potato to running 5k (or 30 minutes) in nine weeks. Virtually free - all you need is a decent pair of trainers and an MP3 player (a mobile phone will do) - Easy - a motivating 'personal trainer' tells you exactly when to stop and start. The plan sets three runs per week with a day of rest between each run. Download Couch to 5k podcasts.
Parkrun organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Its free to sign up and free to enter. We have one in the district Evesham parkrun.
Kids run for free
Kids Run Free is a charity that organises fun, running based activities for children in their local parks and schools. Currently they have two children's running programmes: Kids Run Free Running Races and Kids' Marathon. Locations nationwide including Pershore (Abbey Park), Worcester and Alcester. Find out more on the Kids Run Free website.