Mid and East Antrim Borough Council is encouraging everyone to get outdoors this winter and celebrate winter walks with their Hearty Walks programme.
Walking can help reduce your risk of heart disease, help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great. Research has also indicated that regular exercise can help to boost our immune systems, enabling us to better fight off colds and flu viruses that are prolific in winter months.
There are additional benefits to walking in natural environments, such as parks, woods and other green spaces. The National Environmental Education Foundation found that walking in nature can have a positive effect on depression, memory, creativity and problem solving skills. We have some fantastic green spaces in Mid and East Antrim so why not get out and enjoy them this winter.
Celebrate winter walking:
Sunday 6th December, Carrickfergus Mill Ponds, 10.30am-11.30am
Sunday 10th January, Blackhead Path, Whitehead, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Sunday 24th January, Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus, 10.30am-11.30am
Sunday 14th February, Marine Gardens, Carrickfergus, 2.30pm-3.30pm
Walks will be led by trained walk leaders. Pedometers will be available for walkers to count their steps.