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Hiking 'one of best ways to get fit'

Posted 27 January 2011
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Hiking 'one of best ways to get fit'
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Putting on a pair of walking boots and setting off on a country hike is one of the best ways to get fit, it has been noted.

Ramblers spokesperson Maria Castellina remarked: "Walking is a great way to get back to fitness, as it places very low strain on the body compared to other forms of exercise, making it suitable for almost anyone to start."

She noted the benefits include reducing the risks of heart disease, diabetes and arthritis.

And another great thing about walking is that it is free, Ms Castellina added.

Because the activity itself costs nothing, those who want to go walking can free up some cash to invest in items that will make the activity more fun.

As well as good walking boots, waterproof jackets mean it is still possible to get exercise and stay dry on rainy days.

Earlier this week, a press release from Wake Forest University in North Carolina stated overweight adults can improve mobility by up to 20 per cent by taking up walking.