The Boxing Day Walk

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There’s nothing like a few days stuck in doors with family and friends – or with your own company for that matter – to make an outdoor hike seem appealing.

Once you’ve overindulged on the mince pies (260 cal each), the odd glass of red wine (another 214 cal) or gone the whole hog and demolished an entire pyramid of Ferrero Rocher (2555 cal), come Boxing Day many of us will be thinking about getting a bit of exercise to see off the season’s excesses.

I can personally vouch that consuming high fat, calorie rich foods while perusing Netflix can reduce feelings of stress.  But wine and rich food offer a very short-term fix and we risk ending the festive season feeling worse than we started.

It is now something of a tradition for families and friends to don their walking boots and head out to enjoy the glorious local countryside on Boxing Day. If nothing else, it will help work up an appetite for the turkey curry.

If you haven’t yet tried the Boxing Day Walk, how about setting a new tradition with family and friends, beginning 26 December this year? Just a half hour walk is hugely beneficial for you, you can do it at any age or fitness level, it’s good for your head, heart and wallet and you don’t need any special equipment to do it.

According to research by Oregan State University 30 minutes of brisk walking over five days could also help you sleep easy.

But if you’re finding it hard to get the motivation, maybe you’d like to join a walking group? The Bristol and Bath areas are blessed with many great local walking groups, and at Quartet we’re proud to have funded some great ones.  

Wild Walks for Wellbeing, run by people experiencing mental health problems, helps others struggling with their mental health to get out, socialise, and enjoy the benefits of walking. Their efforts were boosted when they successfully applied for one our our Express Grants this summer.

So when you’re out enjoying your Boxing Day Walk this year, just think of how much good it’s doing you and of the great work our small and local charities are doing to make sure that everyone can enjoy the benefits of walking in the great outdoors, while working off a few of those extra festive calories.

If you want to support small and local charities but don’t know what they are doing or where they are, you can reach them through Quartet. We provide almost 1,000 grants a year in our region.

If you are a business and want to join our campaign to choose a cause of the year, rather than charity of the year then take a look at our Choices Toolkit.