Walking

#walkingfromhome doesn't just have to be about walking. It's all about ways to stay active whilst staying local and safe.

BMX world champion and Cycling & Walking Ambassador for the West Midlands, Shanaze Reade talks us through the various ways she's been #walkingfromhome.

Shanaze Reade

It’s been brilliant to see the #WalkingFromHome hashtag being used all over social media during these really challenging times. It’s a great way for people to share the views they encounter while taking part in their daily exercise and for everyone else to enjoy them from their lockdown.

#WalkingFromHome doesn’t just have to be about walking though, it’s simply about taking in the local area while we’re not allowed to travel as normal.

I’ve been using some of my daily exercise slots to get out and about on my bike. A freedom that I am so pleased we still have the opportunity to enjoy.

I love going out on my own and using it as me time to clear my head and enjoy the fresh air and my local countryside. I have a favourite loop that I love watching change through the seasons but it’s also good to discover new routes while I’m being forced to stay local.

It’s actually been great to see fewer cars on the road and it’s made the cycling even nicer. It’s also been great seeing all the people out on their bikes – perhaps even people who haven’t ridden before or who have dusted off their old set of wheels and decided to go out for a spin again.

I’ve also managed to build a makeshift gym in my garage where my housemates and I take part in daily circuit sessions – there or in the garden #StayInWorkOut. It’s so important to keep fit and healthy, now more than ever and it’s vital for my mental health to stay active.

If there is one positive to take from this tough time then perhaps it will be to encourage people to keep up their one daily exercise once this is all over and ditch the car in lieu of walking and cycling for good.

Shanaze Reade

Keep #walkingfromhome

Obviously it’s important to follow Government advice and to maintain social distancing.

As long as we do that I think everyone should be taking this chance to get outside and get fit – the sun has even decided to play ball!

I look forward to seeing more #walkingfromhome posts over on social media.

If there is one positive to take from this tough time then perhaps it will be to encourage people to keep up their one daily exercise once this is all over and ditch the car in lieu of walking and cycling for good.

For more ways you can get active and still #keepyourdistance, visit West Midlands Network.

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