This week we hear from Sarah, who shared her walking story with us through last week’s Step Count stories competition.

Entry 7 Sarah David
Where do you like to walk?
Everywhere! Up in the Brecon Beacons, or along the coast especially the Gower. North Wales is a firm favourite. Closer to home, near the office, Bute Park is perfect for a lunchtime walk. I feel very lucky to live in Wales where there are so many lovely places to walk but I am also a very keen traveller and have been lucky to have hiked lots in some beautiful national parks around the world. My most recent walking adventures included hiking volcanoes in Nicaragua and wandering around the rainforests in Costa Rica.

What do you enjoy the most about walking?
Firstly the feeling of wellness after a nice walk in the fresh air. Guaranteed to make me feel good, whether it is a relaxing short walk or a big hike up a mountain. If I am having a stressful day, I find even just a short walk in the park is enough to improve my energy levels and mood for the rest of the day. I also find walking a sociable activity, chatting away to friends or to new friends in a walking group, whilst exploring a new place and at the same time getting fit, is one of my favourite reasons why I love walking so much. I also love the sense of achievement on a strenuous hike, that feeling of reaching the top of a mountain despite all the moans and groans along the way! Always with a well deserved slice of cake or chocolate bar at the end of course! I am a keen photographer too so it always work well to combine the two.

Why did you decide to take part in the Step Count Challenge?
I love a challenge and think it is an ideal opportunity to get together more often with colleagues and go for nice walks on our lunch breaks together when we can. We are all stuck behind computer screens all day long and often forget to get up and stretch our legs. This challenge will be a great reminder to get moving throughout the day when we can – something that will hopefully continue long after the challenge ends.

If you could go for a walk with anyone in the world, past or present, who would you walk with and why?
Edmund Hilary for sure – we could walk and talk all about his Everest climb and amazing expeditions. He could give me some tips for when I attempt Everest!