Walkies in a Winter Wonderland

On a winter's day there can be nothing better than wrapping up warmly and walking in the crisp fresh air to work up an appetite or burn off a few too many mince pies.

Dogs make the best personal trainers and walking companions and mine is always ready to join me for a walk whatever the weather. Getting into a new schedule can be one of the hardest parts of starting a new exercise regime but when you have a dog their enthusiasm for walkies and their wagging tail is your instant reward and they don't understand excuses...

Taking a regular brisk walk has numerous health benefits including improving the efficiency of your heart and lungs, increasing bone density, lowering blood pressure, encouraging more restful sleep and generally improving your sense of wellbeing.

A regular walk is vitally important for your pet's health and mental wellbeing too. One third of dogs are estimated to be overweight as a result of too much food and their owners' couch potato lifestyles. So regularly walking your dog is an essential part of being a responsible dog owner and will result in a happier, healthier and better behaved pet. Just don't forget the doggy doo bags...

So, whenever you can, make a plan to go for a walk. Here are some ideas to help you to explore somewhere new today.

www.roverrecommended.com has loads of gardens, parks and beaches that are perfect for dog walks. Simply type your postcode or address into the What's Near box on the homepage and click Fetch for some inspiration. Or you can click on Plan a Walk to design your own walk between dog friendly pubs and print out a Google map of the walk and the local Ordnance Survey map.

The Ramblers Association have 719 led walks during January and February 2012, where dogs are welcome. To search for a dog walk near you see www.ramblers.co.uk.

www.walkingbritain.co.uk has some great ideas for walks in National Parks.

www.walk4life.info is a fantastic government website to encourage us all to get walking. Type in your postcode to find lots of local walks to enjoy.

Wishing you all a very healthy and Happy New Year!

Louise Dolan
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