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Dog walks in Sussex: 12 Dog friendly walks in Chichester, Midhurst, Bognor Regis and Petworth

There a number of benefits to getting outside and going for a walk either with family or friends or your dog.

By Charlotte Harding
Tuesday, 1st February 2022, 12:19 pm

If it is somewhere new or you are looking for a new place to head these have all been featured on dog walking websites and are highly recommended.

Advice is to be aware of livestock and only let your dog off the lead if you feel comfortable to do so.

Getting outside has been proven to not only be a great form of exercise but also great for your mental health.

Dr Rebecca Rohrer, Clinical Fellow at Bupa UK, says: “Getting enough exercise can reduce your chance of developing type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, falls, depression, joint and back pain, and some types of cancer. And the benefits to wellbeing are huge too – improving your sleep, maintaining a healthy weight, managing stress and improving your quality of life.

“Research indicates that being responsible for a dog and meeting their needs serves as a really good motivator, which can have a great knock-on effect for our health too. What’s more, lots of people find that doing some activity in the morning is a great way to start their day. It can be hard to do exercise at the end of a busy day when your energy levels and willpower reserves are depleted. Walking a dog can be a good way to override this. But whatever time you go out with your dog, as Fay said, you can walk, run and play with them. This will all contribute to doing the physical activity we all need to stay healthy.”

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