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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Walking: Easy, Free and Vitamin D

All black fitnesswear mesh topAs much as I encourage pushing your limits when it comes to working out, I'm well aware winter (especially January) is a poor time to be talking about how much I love running and how great it is to try new sports/classes (I'll save that for next month!). Earlier this month I included walking within a list of 10 Ways To Lift Your Mood In January, and was so pleased to see how many people also found the simple act of heading out for a walk to be a total mood-booster.  Considering everything that winter throws at us (fewer hours of daylight, nasty colds and the general desire to hibernate 24/7), I started thinking about how walking is totally underrated.

Black activewear mesh jacket by South Beach

Sunglasses - Vera Wang

Jacket - South Beach Mesh Hoody at ASOS

Leggings - Kyodan

Trainers - Nike Revolution 3 Running c/o Brantano

Sunshine through the trees in a wood
Vera Wang black reflective sunglasses
Nike Women's Purple Revolution Trainers
UK fashion blog black mesh activewearPersonally, I tend to attach walks to the end of runs, or just to get from A to B.  But somewhere in the middle lies the perfect pace ready to be unlocked, and one that helps our minds, bodies and souls.  It's one that sees us explore new locations, get your fix of Vitamin D from the sun (here's hoping!), gives us 'thinking time' and helps our bodies in the meantime.  Oh, and it's a pretty good opportunity to listen to all the new music you've just downloaded as well!     
UK fitness blog reasons to walk this winter
Long blonde hair from the back in the woodsLike I said, walks can help you discover some gorgeous places - on this occasion with a friend, we came across a gorgeous patch of woodland filled with trees bending in all directions (kind of reminded me of a scene set in the woods from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!).  Anyway, I'd love to hear how you feel about walking during the winter months?

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. This is a beautiful place to come across! I do love a good walk. I agree that January isn't actually the best time for throwing yourself into exercise and I tend to see February as the time that I'm really going to start pushing myself and have more of a health kick!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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  2. Omg yes don't even talk to me about winter right now... it's just so depressing. I actually love walking though - it's a great way to get outside and have some fresh air as well as being active! x

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  3. I do agree...Walking is so important! Humans were made to move, we're just not designed (biologically speaking) to sit all day. Walking is the most simple exercise and easily available to everyone. Getting enough of vitamin D is also very important.

    You look fabulous in this sporty styling. Lovely photos. I love nature:).

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  4. Simplemente increíble, sin perder el glamour. <3

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  5. Love the outfit and the shoes are super cute! Walking is super important x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  6. I love walking and don't get me wrong I love running too but right now I feel that it's just too cold to go running outside especially with sub zero temperatures. At the minute I'm all about bundling up in a cosy jumper, a wintery coat and going for nice long winter walks with perhaps the odd country pub thrown into the mix - to grab a bite to eat of course ;)

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  7. Awesome post!!! I love walking, it really helps to clear and calm the mind and it's great for the body as well! :)

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  8. Your photos are absolutely stunning!!! Who is your photographer?!?! - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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    1. Thanks so much! I don't have a set photographer, I tend to rely on the kindness of whoever is around at the time!

      Gabrielle x

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  9. I definitely love going on walks, i find it so calm and the silence really is relaxing on my mind. We're surrounded by so many people, stuffy buildings and noise, going for a walk especially in a quiet area near nature is the best.

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  11. I do a lot of walking, it comes naturally when you have kids, and it really lifts my mood.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  12. I so prefer walking over running. I find running very dull for me, mainly because my mind goes too quiet and for me that's not a great thing lol. I love walking, I find it very therapeutic for me, plus you do get to enjoy the view too hehehe

    Sxx
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  13. Love walking, these clothes would be perfect for it. Love it. Beautiful you x

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  14. I live just far enough away from the train station to make for a good each morning, and it definitely makes my mood better! So much better than the bus.

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  15. Walking is everything! Even if I know I won't workout, I'll try to at least walk around town x

    Jessica — NinetyCo 

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  16. It reminds me of Harry Potter too! Goblet of Fire was always one of my favourites ;)

    I'm someone who never runs but always walks, I can walk a lot and not get tired or discouraged so for me no matter what the season is I love to walk!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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  17. I love spending time outdoors. Nature is so refreshing... when the weather allows you to enjoy it :)

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  18. Walking is so good for you. I'm about to start back again Gabrielle. You get fresh air, sunlight and can come across some wonderful scenery. I can only imagine where you live. I love your workout attire!
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  19. I don't walk too much, but when I do, I never regret it! It always makes me feel good. Thanks for the reminder to not neglect being active at this time of year.

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  20. Walking/jogging is so good not only for body but for mind too, and I agree, it's also great time to listen to the music.
    Nina
    Nina's Style Blog

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  21. We used to do lots of walking but barely any these days mainly because of weather and me going back to work. I love walking more than running, it's just nice to be out and away from the online world too.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  22. I love walking. I am waiting for my cold to go away so I can start walking again.

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  23. My boyfriend forces me to walk in winter with him lol, but honestly I am loving walking in the forests and all over all the time lately no matter what the weather :) Hope you having a good Thursday hun xx

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  24. A great post Gabrielle, walking is not only great for your body and health, it's also great for the mind. On holiday walking up and down the beach was so soothing, and of course it's easier to do when sunny, I do admit I tend to hibernate in the Winter like a hedgehog ;)

    This post has inspired a walk however, it's great to get out there despite the UK freeze and breathe in some fresh air :)

    Hope you're well and see you soon!

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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  25. I like to walk a lot, but most of the year we have snow and huge drifts everywhere((
    Have a great day!
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  26. I admire people who work out outdoors during winter :'( I'm such a coach potato in the colder months lol it's not even funny. However I do tend to choose deliberately to walk from A to B instead of taking the public transport or something. Hope that counts! ;) Your photos are excellent as usual, and I really really love your active wear!
    xx

    www.stylebydeb.com

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  27. It was so hard to go running in the winter (in the UK) So, I had to sign up the gym instead. There's no way I could tolerate the weather as I am from the hot country hehe


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  28. YES to walking! It's great to do, even in the winter. Definitely a favorite activity of mine that I don't do enough. Fitness is so so important. You look amazing!

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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  29. Yeees!! I love to walk, I love the sensation of freedom and is really healthy!
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Xx

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  30. Lovely photos! I'm going for a run 3 times a week and what I love the most during is that you can feel the chilly and fresh air!

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  31. It's so true, walking is so good for you and I always feel better after a good, long wander. Loved your outfit here! - Tasha

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  32. I definitely need to get out and do a bit more walking. Must say that I prefer it when the sun is shining even if it's cold!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  33. Now I'm inspired to go take a walk outside even during working hours. I feel like I always forget to take a break when I'm working on a project, thus causing a lot of physical discomfort over time. So thanks for the reminder Gabrielle. I love this mesh hoody, so chic and contemporary, a fun twist to an athletic look! Have a great weekend hun! xo~ Lena
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  34. I have a love hate relationship with running, lol. I hate doing it, but it makes me feel so great (thanks, endorphins!) afterwards that it makes me continue doing it. As for walking, I love to walk. Being from NYC, walking is a way to not only stay healthy, but cut costs on pricey transportation, haha. When I'm running, I'm more focused on pushing myself past my limits and achieving my set goal (time, distance, etc.) but when I'm walking, I'm more observant of what's around me, fully soaking it all in whether I'm in an urban or rural setting, it's such an enjoyable and relaxing form of exercise, so I couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing, beauty, and I hope you have the best weekend ahead!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  35. I quite enjoy walking - just not alone! I recently went to Budapest and we walked for the whole weekend, but i enjoyed it so much!

    Hannatalks

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  36. What a beautiful outfit to go on a hike!! I hope you had the best day and that you are looking forward to a fun weekend! Big Xx - http://bagatyou.com

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  37. This outfit is nice! I really love walking too!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
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  38. very beautiful look sweetie, love this shoes
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  39. I'm a big fan of walking to save money on transportation costs, as well as it's an easy way to sneak in a workout! I'm really looking forward to spring though because I would obviously like it to be a little warmer and sunnier!

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  40. I agree, walks are fabulous both for exercise as well as discovery. I'm very fortunate to live in very walkable city and walking is always my preferred mode of transportation. It can be a real mood lifter even on grey days.

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  41. I walk over 45 min everyday probably I have enough Vitamin D sweetheart
    Great post darling, gorgous pics
    xx

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  42. I should try it sometime! It is pretty cold here but still the places here are amazing!
    Dora www.BangsBang.com

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  43. When I first moved to where I'm living now, I used to walk a lot and indeed I discovered a lot of places and hidden gems!

    XoXo,

    Tamara - LoveofMode.com

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  44. Your hair is so long in that last photo! Dang girl. I love walking and getting some sun. I should do it more during the week, which is when I struggle to step outside. But I did get my Vitamin D today! Woot. Hope you have a great weekend lady. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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  45. I wish I loved running as much as you seem to. I do love walks however! There's something almost magical about Winter walks. Everything is so crisp. There's something almost magical about these photos as well! They're lovely, and that lighting!

    Amber - amberelb.com

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  46. Yes, I love taking walks! It's a good way for me to still get out on my "rest" days, plus my dog always likes the exercise. I'm loving the location for these photos, so beautiful!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  47. great outfit. love your post and love walking toozz

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    Have a nice day!
    Riski

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  48. Awesome sporty look! The sneakers are super cool!
    xx
    cvetybaby.com

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  49. I do love a good hike and i can't wait til the weather gets nicer so I could do a bit more!
    Love the Nikes!

    Honey x The Girl Next Shore

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  50. I love walking in the countryside in every season, and I agree it has amazing mood-boosting effects!
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  51. I love getting wrapped up all nice and warm in a cosy hat, scarf and gloves and heading out for a walk in the countryside but it is something that I need to take the time to do more often. I'm the same with exercise and I go through phases where I get into a really good routine but then if I take a few days off I soon get out of the habit like I have at the moment. I've had a bit of a kick start today though when I cleared out my wardrobe and found half my jeans don't fit anymore! Time to dust off those trainers I think! x

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  52. You look so stylish and I love your new trainers! :) xx

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  53. I love going out for a walk, sometimes going for a run or a jog in this cold weather really takes the breath out of me so I just tend to walk everywhere and do some yoga indoors.

    Lauren x Huggled

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  54. I love to walk all year round but I think it's especially important to push yourself outside in the winter.

    Gemma x
    www.jacquardflower.uk

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  55. These are amazing photos! Love this workout outfit :)

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  56. Yes to this post girl, nothing beats going for a long walk to clear your head of the cobwebs! I love it when its cold too, wrap up nice and warm!

    Hayley xo
    www.frockmeimfamous.com

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  57. I love walking, it is so relaxing!

    Neslihan x
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  58. I love these posts on how to keep up our spirits in the winter, Gabrielle! I seriously need all these reminders of great ways to keep from feeling depressed with the lack of light. Walking is another excellent suggestion - why is it that I so often forget something so elemental? Thanks for another excellent post!
    xo, janea
    www.theSTYLetti.com

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  59. Just lovin' your workout clothes!!! WOWOWOWO!! Sooo gorgeous and fabulous! And love the vibe! Your hair so gorgeous!
    kisses
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

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  60. Wonderful products, dear! Didn't know Vera Wang has range of sunglasses too. Have a great week! xoxo

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  61. Lovely photos and lovely you! I love to walk or hike and here in Bergen we had a lot of lovely trails ranging from easy to difficult terrains to explore. Still it depends upon the weather since we have perpetual rain here :)

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  62. I love walking! Sometimes I will walk home from places even if the walk is over an hour just because I like the fresh air and the exercise

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