Best foot forward for 2013, Okehampton!

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By ExeCellent | Monday, January 14, 2013, 11:35

AS OKEHAMPTON puts away the Christmas decorations for another year, many of us are dreading that first foray onto the scales after our seasonal indulgences. Weight loss and improved fitness are among the most popular New Year's resolutions, but where to begin?

Okehampton's blessed with a wonderful environment, so now's the time to get out and about – walking, jogging, hiking and running are all great forms of exercise... and they're free, so you don't need to shell out a fortune in gym fees to get in shape! Here are some ideas to help you put your best foot forward and get 2013 off to a healthy start without breaking the bank.

Walk this Way...

In Okehampton, we're lucky enough to be close to Dartmoor, with all its wonderful opportunities for exercise, and there's no better way to enjoy the views than on foot.  The key to any successful exercise programme is enjoyment, so go for an activity you  know you enjoy, or would like to try. If it's not fun, you won't stick to it. Don't be over-ambitious – start small, as little and often is the best way to build your fitness level without risking injury.

First Steps

For a gentle, sociable introduction to walking, why not join one of Okehampton Walk and Talk's free health walks? They have short walks on Tuesdays starting at 10.30am outside Waitrose and moderate walks on Wednesdays meeting at the Post Office at 10.00am. Aimed at those currently doing little or no exercise, they're suitable for everyone, but do check with your doctor first if you have health issues.

The Great Outdoors

If you prefer to go it alone, but aren't sure where to start, West Devon Council produce a whole range of free walking guides, ranging from a 1-mile local stroll to the challenging 37-mile West Devon Way. They're available free from WDC's Customer Service Centre in James Street, or to download. With a choice of trails featuring local villages and landmarks, they're a fantastic way to explore our local heritage. The Tourist Information Centre at the Museum can advise, too.

All you need to start walking is suitable footwear and waterproofs (and if you live in Soaky Okey you probably have those already) plus your map or guide, but if the bug bites, you'll probably want to visit OK Leisure on Fore Street and get yourself kitted out with with proper walking boots and a pole. rameses3 says: 'Don't trek to Exeter for your walking clothes and boots. You get just about all you'll ever need right here... Nice, helpful people, too.'

Hit the Road

Looking for something more challenging? Jogging and running has never been so popular, and with unlimited options from mini fun runs to full-blown marathons, there's something to suit everyone. If running appeals to you, Okehampton Running Club meets at the Rugby Club every Tuesday and Thursday evening and offers training runs suitable for all levels. Start now and you won't know yourself by this time next year!

So best foot forward, Okehampton, and a happy and healthy New Year to you all!

If you enjoy getting out and about in the area, why not take your camera with you? It's easy and free to share your picture galleries here on Okehampton People, and we always love seeing them!

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