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As the UK enjoys clear blue skies and glorious sunshine, encourages walking as a healthy summer pastime to stay in shape as the temperature soar.

This year, the British summertime is like a dream come true, but with many taking a Spanish siesta amidst the midday heat, outdoor pursuits, traditional summer sports and regular exercise is at an all-time low as the UK wilts under the scorching summer sun.

The heat has left many feeling hot and bothered, resulting in tiredness and apathy while others hide in air conditioned rooms to stay cool.

It may be hot, but the active lifestyle specialists at insist that a casual stroll before or after midday can provide you with plenty of exercise and a much needed source of Vitamin D.

As a basic form of endurance exercise, walking uses all the muscles in the body from the feet and legs up to the core and back, making it an excellent way to stay in shape this summer. Especially after all that BBQ’d food!

“Going for a walk after a big meal is a traditional pastime”, explains FitnessFootwear MD Luke Barlow, “Because you’re using all the key muscles in the body, you quickly burn off everything you’ve eaten while enjoying your surroundings.”

With another weekend of garden parties and BBQs behind us and a fantastic weather forecast to look forward to, there’s never been a better time to don your walking boots, explore the local area, burn off a big meal and improve general health and fitness at the same time.

“But, there’s nothing quite like barefoot walking”, added Mr Barlow, “-especially when it comes to exercise.”

In the summertime many people enjoy barefoot walking, whether along the beach or around the house. Products like Vibram Five Fingers in the UK have led to a surge in the popularity of barefoot walking, providing a protective layer to the soft soles of our feet while promoting the health benefits of barefoot walking as a whole.

However, there’s more to walking than just exercise. Summer walking is doubly good for you when the sunshine provides the body with a plentiful supply of Vitamin D, which is otherwise only available from a very small range of foods.

Vitamin D is produced in the skin of most animals after exposure to sunlight and helps to regulate calcium and phosphate in the bloodstream. This promotes the healthy growth and remodelling of bones, while preventing brittle bones and improving basic motor functions.

Of course, it’s also important to drink plenty of water, apply a suitable level of sun cream and even wear sunglasses when going for a long walk or taking a casual stroll. So for a happier, healthier summer, go for a walk regularly and stay safe.

With another weekend of garden parties and BBQs behind us and a fantastic weather forecast to look forward to, July should be an amazing month for the UK. Meanwhile, has a huge range of Merrell shoes on sale which are perfect for casual summer strolls.

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