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Walking is good so for you! Some local ideas...

By West Norwood Therapies Team, Sep 22 2015 08:00AM

Our acupuncturist, Philippa, highlights the health benefits of this free activity and suggests some lovely local walking routes for you to try.


We are lucky in South London to have great natural spaces to explore and walking is a gentle way to tone up, strengthen you back and boost your fitness levels. It is something most of us can easily build into our everyday lives and it’s free.


On our doorstep we have Brockwell Park, Crystal Palace Park and Norwood Park. For local nature walks head for Dulwich Woods and Nunhead Cemetery. For bit of local history head to West Norwood Cemetery.


As well as helping you get toned and fit, it also helps to lift mood and boost concentration, with a positive influence on blood pressure, immunity, circulation and digestion. If you make it a regular thing, you'll enjoy a multitude of health benefits. A gentle walk in the park or the woods is a relaxing way to let nature feed your soul.


For a cardiovascular workout brisk walking for 30 minutes a day is recommended at a pace where you can still talk but not sing! But if you can only manage 10 minutes then any exercise is good and you can build up to more as you get fitter.


As autumn draws in it is getting colder but the days can be bright and the colours uplifting. So wrap up warm, go outside and enjoy a walk.


Local Walks

Down loadable guides for the following local walks are available online:

For an interesting 1.5 mile historical walk around West Norwood Cemetery visit www.walktheworld.org.uk/walk/regions/greater-london/west-norwood.html


The final section of the Green Chain Walk is a short 1.2mile walk from Crystal Palace to Nunhead Cemetery. This walk can be extended with a detour into Dulwich Park and through Nunhead Cemetery www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/walking/green-chain-walk


If you fancy something longer take a look at www.walkingclub.org.uk/book_3/walk_137 , a varied 8 mile walk from Crystal Palace to Forest Hill taking in several parks, woods, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Horniman Museum.


For more walks, activities and events along the Green Chain which extends all the way to Thamesmead visit www.greenchain.com


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