Get stuck in for National Walking month

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May is officially National Walking Month and outdoor walking footwear specialist, brasher, would like to see more people getting out and enjoying the great outdoors, especially in commemoration of its late founder Chris Brasher CBE.

Chris Brasher not only pioneered the first comfortable walking boot but also achieved an Olympic Gold Medal for Great Britain in Steeplechase back in 1956, making 2012 even more poignant to his memory.

Although an athlete on the track, Chris’s true passion was the great outdoors and he took trainer technology into walking boots for the first time, so outdoor enthusiasts just like him could enjoy all day walking comfort.

Walking is the perfect entry level exercise and something that can be enjoyed regularly with friends and family – whether it’s city walking while you’re shopping or while enjoying a scenic break in the Lake District. It’s also a great way to lose weight, strengthen leg muscles and improve your cardiovascular system and overall stamina. Being out in the fresh air can also boost your overall sense of wellbeing too, and unlike the gym, it doesn’t cost a penny.

With the weather warming up, now is the perfect time to enjoy walking in the great outdoors. However, for those of you who’ve never taken up walking as a hobby before, the brasher team has some tips that might help you get started.

Don’t push yourself too hard – listen to your body and build up your stamina gradually

A couple of miles is fine to begin with, and make sure you take regular breaks to enjoy the scenery

Why not join a local walking club and boost your social life too. They will recommend easy walks to begin with and then you can progress to moderate level walks

Now all you have to do is invest in a pair of brasher boots and get out and explore! To view brasher’s latest footwear range, which keeps Chris Brasher’s legacy alive, log on to www.brasher.co.uk.