These Boots Were Made For Walking !

These Boots Were Made For Walking !

Jun 3, 2021

Sally, Daisy and The Mighty Hike

On July 10th Sally, Daisy and a group of intrepid mighty hikers will be taking part in Macmillan’s Mighty Hike the Gower Peninsula. We were due to do this last year as a family and friends’ group but this was postponed due to obvious reasons! Unfortunately, I cannot take part in the hike as I have recently had another spinal operation. Makint it to bathroom and downstairs is the only hiking, I am able to do at present! However, I will be at base camp keeping the  campfires burning and an eye on our four-legged canine family members.

Small Steps

Never underestimate the power of walking. It is one of the simplest things you can do for yourself. However ,as simple as it may seem, it is not simple for everyone. Having had chronic health issues for a long time, walking has been one of the biggest challenges I have undertaken everyday – and when I say “ walking” it has been more like a shuffle, hobble and the occasional sashaying for an extra bit of va va voom!

Walk your Way to Wellbeing

Walking in nature is the tonic that we all need. It can improve our sleep, your  cognitive skills as well as reducing symptoms of anxiety. More importantly, it can raise our self-esteem within just five minutes of exposure to  natural surroundings .Whilst we are walking it improves our memory and attention as our brain cells build new connections. What is really cool is that you can change the pace of your thought patterns depending on how quickly you walk! Got lots of pent-up frustrations? Walk quickly to let out all that excess negative energy.  Want some time to calm down and relax – walk slowly and let your mind meander along with you!  Many forms of exercise can activate the brain but Charles Darwin, Friedrich Nietzsche, William Wordsworth and Aristotle himself were all obsessive walkers who used the rhythm of walking to generate ideas and gain insights, the perfect way to find that eureka moment .

Macmillan Mighty Hikes

Macmillan Mighty Hikes are all located in the most outstanding areas of natural beauty within the UK.  What better way to look after your own mind, soul and body and at the same time raise money to help fund Macmillan’s services for people living with cancer.

£250 could pay for a Macmillan Social Care Worker for one week 

£552 could pay for a large Macmillan benefits advice service for one hour

£1,203 could pay for a Macmillan Nurse for one week

As I tentatively take more steps everyday in reaching my goal of making it past the bathroom  and ultimately taking part in a hike in the future, let’s all support Sally and Daisy in their Gower challenge!


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