There can be no doubt about it, obesity has reached crisis levels in the UK and many other parts of the world. There are many contributing factors, and the trappings of the modern world seem to make fighting the flab particularly hard. Gym membership has skyrocketed in recent years as people strive to keep the effects of modern work and eating habits at bay. Many people have also discovered the benefits of another great way to fight obesity; I am talking about what is perhaps the simplest and most inexpensive form of exercise possible; hiking.
During the COVID 19 Lockdown much of the modern, technologically advanced world was brought to a halt. The natural world, however, not only kept calm and carried on, it positively thrived. Birds continued to sing, flowers and trees kept swaying in the wind, and people began rediscovering the natural world and its ability to refresh the soul. When the streets restaurants emptied, the parks filled up!