Walking is a great way to get around and the best thing is that it is free! It’s also an easy way to get fitness into your daily routine. Many local facilities are within a walking distance of Finches Park, such as; convenience store, doctors surgery, and the primary school. You will find all of these within a 10-minute walk of Finches Park and Frinton and Walton town centres are within a 30-minute walk.
Health experts advise 150 minutes of exercise per week or 30 minutes per day over 5 days during the week. Why not include this exercise in your daily routine when travelling to work, school or the shops?
There are many benefits to walking:
• Can help maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity;
• Can lower the risk of chronic diseases and high blood pressure;
• Improvements to your mood and wellbeing; and also
• Studies show that it can encourage and improve creativity.
Cycling is an excellent way to get about and is a great alternative to walking as it makes more places accessible. Cycling is around three times faster than walking and in some cases, it’s quicker than driving too! Cycling has a huge number of other benefits including;
• Improving wellbeing by relieving stress;
• Helps prevent chronic and life-threatening illnesses;
• Being more cost effective than running a car. Did you know that maintaining a bike for a year costs twenty times less than maintaining and driving a car; and
• Reducing congestion and pollution on our roads.
There are many quiet residential roads and streets with little traffic that can be used to cycle to Walton and Frinton. Also, the close proximity of Kirby Cross train station at just a 3-minute cycle ride from Finches Park allows for easy and more economical ‘cycle & train’ commutes. Local cycling route 150 runs for 15 kilometres along the coast from the Naze Tower in Walton to Clacton on Sea and makes a great way to explore the coastal towns and nature. To plan cycle routes from Finches Park, visit Cyclestreets.net.
Electric bikes are a very practical option to consider for longer commutes. More environmentally friendly and economical than driving, they can also work out cheaper than annual bus passes. With Frinton only 9-minutes cycle away and Clacton approximately 30 minutes cycle ride, switching some of your commutes to e-pedal power could be the best way to avoid the morning traffic while adding exercise to your daily routine.
How about a slice of cake to encourage cycling?! The Cake Escape is an exciting project which has been set up by Essex County Council to encourage cycling across the county. A number of cafés have signed up to the scheme so why not head out on your bike to explore and stop for a slice of cake along the way! Find out more; cakeescape.org.uk.
Cycle to work schemes allow you to get up to £1,000 to spend on a bicycle and cycling accessories through your employer. By using a cycle to work you can save between 25-39% on the cost of cycling equipment. Payments for the equipment are conveniently deducted through your salary and with some schemes like Free2Cycle, you can even let your pedalling pay for it! Find out more at Cyclescheme or Free2Cycle and speak to your employer to see if they are signed up to one of the multiple schemes available.