Bernard Kennedy, our Walking Coordinator in Blackpool, is enjoying his daily walks with Border Collie Pippa even more now that he’s working – and walking – from home.
"If physical activity were a drug, we would refer to it as a miracle cure, due to the great many illnesses it can prevent and treat."
UK Chief Medical Officers
Walking can help improve mental and physical wellbeing, tackle depression and anxiety, and connect us with our world and those around us.
Bernard and Pippa are quickly ticking off the list of Try 20 tips on their daily walks. Here’s how Pippa’s been getting on so far.
4 May – Try a walking (phone) meeting
Today we went on a lunchtime walk to the beach, and I loved every minute. My human used his phone to talk to someone. He told me he was talking to his manager, Sam, while she was on her lunchtime walk to her allotment, but all I could hear was laughing… I walked in front so that he could have some privacy – I’m considerate like that. He was talking a lot and seemed to be having a good time. I suppose walking helps you have a clearer head and more time to think. Oh, by the way…I dug a big hole on the beach.
5 May – Let nature guide you
Today we went to the beach again, this time via the sand dunes paths. My human tells me it’s good for us to connect with nature and my fellow animals. Maybe he’s right – I certainly enjoyed chasing some little lizards, even if they do move too fast for me. It was a fun challenge, anyway, and in the end I settled for diving into a few rabbit holes. I never manage to catch any but it’s nice to have a look (and a good sniff) down the holes. I enjoyed the walk on the beach more than the dunes – more space to run and bark freely.
6 May – Walk before work
Another day, another walk. We were up early this morning as the boss wanted to head out before he started work. I call him the boss but really I’m in charge. I chose the route (I always do!) and it was one we both know well, which has some really good sniffing points – I like sniffing as you have probably gathered. It also has some great views of Blackpool in the distance. You might just be able to see Blackpool Tower but you can also see The Big One – the blue rollercoaster on the famous Pleasure Beach. It was a beautiful day so when we got home, I sat in the garden to bask in the sun. The boss said he felt refreshed and was looking forward to work, a bit annoying as I wanted to play!
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