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Explore the great outdoors

The UK is absolutely full of beautiful national parks and natural scenery. So much so, that we have a week dedicated to the National Parks of the UK alone. Held annually for one week near the end of July, National Parks Week is dedicated to all the fantastic national parks that are spread up and down the country.

The main aim of the week is to make sure that we all get out there and explore the natural landscapes that surround us. After all, what better way is there to take in all the breath-taking beauty of the countryside, then to take a walk through it?

Not only does walking mean that you can get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of your nearest national park, but it also has a whole host of other benefits too.

It gets you outside in the fresh air

Okay, so this one is obvious, but we all seem to forget that at times we simply need to leave modern technology behind and instead enjoy some fresh air. Arranging a walk, whether it is in a national park, or simply in a local area, means that you will be switching off the TV and getting some much needed fresh air.

It brings families together

Stuck for something to do on a sunny day? Why not organise a family walk? You could do it whilst the Sunday dinner cooks, or as a way to spend a Saturday afternoon. No matter what you do, taking a walk together means that you have a chance to chat!

It is awesome for weight loss

If you are looking to lose weight, but you are finding it difficult to get down the gym, why not try walking instead? You could plan it in after work, before work or during your lunch break, it really can work around you. Not only this, but you can even swap part of your daily commute with a walk instead, which not only keeps you fit, but saves the environment too.

It wakes you up

Feeling lethargic? If you need a bit of an energy boost then it may be worthwhile having a bit of a walk. A brisk walk outside is one of the best ways to naturally boost your energy. It increases the oxygen in your body and gets everything circulating better. All of which means that you feel more alert and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

So, now you know, walking is pretty great for you, inside and out! Why not utilise the beautiful summer weather, not to mention the beauty of a national park, and get out there during National Parks Week? Not only will you feel great, but you can also see just what makes Britain so great!

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