Health & Sporting
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Walking and Hiking
Outdoors. It's a pretty cool place.
It's not just Old Mates that need to get out of the house more often to feel the sun on their face and wind in their hair—it's all of us.
Going for a walk or hike in nature is a great stress reliever and helps to invigorate and energise. The Japanese even have a word for it: Shinrin-Yoku. Obviously the style and length of the walk will depend on your Old Mate's physical ability, so we recommend you start slow and easy—the park is an easy testing ground.
As you both grow in stamina and ability, maybe look for longer walks or hikes with greater rewards like lookouts and waterfalls.
The length, challenge, and type of walk you go on is going to be completely dependent on a range of personal factors, but we recommend thinking about paths or trails with lots of nature.
· Your Old Mate should always consult a doctor before undertaking any strenuous activity.
· Check the weather in advance and pack appropriately.
· Ensure you and your Old Mate stay hydrated throughout the walk. (Snacks never go astray, either).
· Make sure you have back-up transport or emergency options organised, just in case.
· Google is going to be your best friend for finding local paths, tracks and trails.