Walking: the simple task of putting one foot in front of the other, but so much more.For me walking has always meant the great outdoors, fresh air and the chance to lift your head to see the world around you.
Brisk walking increases fitness, lowers blood pressure and enhances mental well being. Some say it reduces the risk of heart disease and some cancers.
Walking one mile can burn up at least 100kcal (420kJ) of energy and walking two miles (3.2km) a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound (0.5kg) every three weeks.
Walking also helps save the planet. You can massively reduce your carbon footprint by walking instead of taking the car. And I’m one of the boring people who will refuse a taxi when it is just as easy to walk.
But over the last ten days I’ve walked the dog, walked to work, walked to the shops, walked into town, walked to school and walked to the dentist and back again.
Dressed like Chris Bonington, I’ve trudged through thick snow, waded through ankle-deep sludge and skated across sheet ice.
My legs ache, my hair is in a constant state of frizz and I’m nursing a bruise on my backside from a rather undignified fall on Leith Walk.
I want my car back.