By: Blonde Two

Please note: This post was written at a time of lockdown when local exercise with one other person outside your household was permitted in England. The photo above was taken a few years ago.

There’s plenty about being in lockdown to be disliked. However, one thing I have really enjoyed this winter is the local walking and talking outings I have had with friends.

Lots of people have been doing it. Although anecdotal research (not just mine) suggests that we ladies are more inclined to walk in pairs than the gentlemen. Research suggests that women don’t talk much more than men but I know a lot of us are missing chatter.

Whichever way you look at it walking with a friend is a great way to spend time together (at a safe distance of course). Not only do you get the opportunity to listen, support, and laugh together (that latter might well be the most important at the moment), you get all the mental and physical health benefits of being outside as well.

If you are thinking about inviting a friend for a walk sometime soon, we have some tips on how to make sure things go smoothly (and that you both want to repeat the experience).

  • Make sure beforehand that you both feel happy and safe with your arrangements
  • Plan a relaxing route that won’t leave either of you too out of breath to chat
  • Take a drink, all that talking’s going to be thirsty work
  • If possible opt for a quieter route without traffic noise
  • Allow yourself plenty of time to enjoy both the outdoors and each other

If you haven’t tried walking with a friend recently, I can thoroughly recommend it. When life is strange and unpredictable, walking and talking really can be the ultimate therapy.

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