Don't miss a story sign up to Midweek Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Go hiking for a healthy heart

14:26 23 January 2013

Striding out to keep fit on the Axe Estuary Wetlands

Striding out to keep fit on the Axe Estuary Wetlands

Archant

Poeple are being invited to walk their way to fitness on the Axe Estuary Wetlands

People are being invited to boost their fitness on the Axe Estuary Wetlands.

The ‘Walk this Way’ scheme, first introduced in East Devon some 12 years ago, is coming to the nature reserve, near Seaton, next month.

It aims to encourage people of all ages and abilities, including those with health and mobility problems, to change their lifestyle.

All the walks, which begin on February 7, will be led by qualified volunteer walk leaders who have undergone the ‘National Walking the Way to Health’ training as well as receiving training in first aid resuscitation. The walk routes will be kept short so that they can easily be fitted into a daily routine.

The initiative run is being ruin by Leisure East Devon(LED) in partnership with NHS Devon, Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice (working with Townsend House surgery) and East Devon District Council’s Countryside team.

A spokesman said: “It’s a known fact that people in general take less exercise now than ever before, and obesity levels and related health problems are on the increase. More than 60 per cent of adults in England are overweight or obese, and the problem currently costs the NHS £5.1 billion annually.

“The post-Christmas period is a time when many turn their thoughts towards improving their wellbeing, and what better opportunity to enjoy a new fitness regime than joining other like minded people for an invigorating walk in a stunning landscape.

“Exercise doesn’t have to be painful, and it can even be fun. Routes around the Axe Estuary Wetlands are easy, flat and level with a high-grade surface.”

Walk co-ordinator Andrew Dare said: “The walks are aimed at people who are doing very little or no exercise at present, but who would like to become more active. However, everyone is welcome.

Dr Joe Kent, from Seaton and Colyton Medical Practice, said: “For many people, going for a regular brisk walk can be a great way to increase physical activity levels, gain enhanced physical and psychological health benefits and improve the way you feel about your life.

“This scheme offers the added benefit of meeting up with others and exploring some of the most beautiful areas of our community.”

To take part in the first walk, on February 7, people should be at the Axe Estuary Wetlands car park, next to Seaton Cemetery, at 10.15 am for 10.30 am start.

Walks are free of charge, and refreshments will be available at the end. For more information contact Andrew Dare on 01404 814 317 or outreach@ledleisure.co.uk

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00
Welcome support - (l-r) Dave Todd, Robert Price and Llewellyn Nicholls, of Everys.

The firm handed the club a £675 donation, which will be put towards funds to extend the rugby teams’ clubhouse.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00
Some of the Year 13 students (l to r) front row:  Jade Bridge, Jessica Board, Josh Bolton. Back row: Gracie Carpenter, Nathan Williams, Tom Broderick, Sam Harris, Tom Lowe.

Some 85 per cent of the current year 13 – 50 out of 59 - at Axe Valley Community College’s Sixth Form Centre have applied through UCAS.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30
Close-up of woman's mouth

The potential amount of money that could be saved is the equivalent to 364,000 dental check-ups.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8687. Picture: Alex Walton

Sidmouth animal’s strange powers of prediction

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00
Ollie the mind-reading Llama and his owner, Maggie Jee of Peak Hill Llamas. Ref shs 05-16AW 8675. Picture: Alex Walton

‘Sidmouth animal can read minds’, says owner

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

The number of motorists speeding in Honiton looks to have reduced thanks to a strong police presence in the town.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:43

The blaze started shortly before 10.30pm on Thursday (February 11), in Louis Way.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:19
Recycling bins on Church Street, Sidmouth. Ref shs 2844-04-16SH. Photo Simon Horn

EDDC picks winning bidder for seven-year recycling and refuse contract

Read more
Yesterday, 07:47
Carrie Southwell and Rob Smith with their first place trophy, festival organiser Jean Ransford, Julie Baker and Cohen Baulch and Lucy McKenny. Picture SUBMITTED

Coffee morning at Hawkchurch results in £200 for Dorset Air Ambulance

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Honiton mayor, Caroline Kolek,  Ref mhh 02-16AW 7172. Picture: Alex Walton

Honiton’s mayor is calling on people to help ‘yarn-bomb’ the Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s (THG) garden to recognise the work carried out in town to help people living with dementia.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 3°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications