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London no boundary for walking

Posted 2 August 2012
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London no boundary for walking
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It is somewhat understandable that London is the centre of world attention just now. Across the metropolis, the Olympic Games is taking place.

Prudential Health has responded to the occasion by urging people to get out and go walking around London, producing an app to help people Walk the Tube with Daley Thompson'.

It aims to show walkers how much energy they burn as they get around London on foot, as well as showing them the landmarks they can miss seeing while riding the Tube underground.

PruHealth vitality ambassador Daley Thompson said: "It's a well documented fact that overall levels of physical fitness do not tend to improve and people are not generally motivated by seeing amazing athletic accomplishments at the Games.

"This is a handy tool that can be easily incorporated into people's lives that could translate the current wave of national pride into personal action to make small changes to everyday routines."

But for those living in London, picking up an app that shows them the benfits of walking more may just be the start. Apart from Box Hill in Surrey, the countryside has not featured much in the Games, although people watching the sailing down at Weymouth have been able to make use of the first stretch of the English Coastal Path to be opened.

The reality for Londoners who fancy gaining a bit of athletic fitness themselves is that there are areas of fine countryside within easy reach of the capital. For example, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to the capital include the Surrey Downs, Kent Downs, High Weald, Chilterns and North Wessex Downs, while the South Downs National Park is within easy reach, covering large parts of East and West Sussex and Hampshire.

It is not just people from London who might benefit from wearing their walking boots and venturing beyond the local landscape of steel, glass and concrete, with the Olympic football tournament taking place in venues across the country.

Fans watching in Cardiff are close to the Brecon Beacons, Manchester lies near the Peak District and Glasgow is within easy reach of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park.

So while the Olympics will soon pass into history, a pair of walking boots may help urban dwellers establish their own Olympic legacy.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801420604-ADNFCR