Butterfield lends support to The Barbados National Trust
Butterfield Bank (Barbados) Limited commenced an association with The Barbados National Trust in 2005 and has continued to support them ever since then. The Bank sponsors the annual hiking-calendar events booklet which highlights the weekly hikes around Barbados and the starting point for each Sunday morning. These booklets are available from the Barbados National Trust Office at Wildey, St. Michael and from all Butterfield Banking Centres.
Hiking Tips for you!
1. Make a plan
Schedule a time to join the walk, plan your route; and decide how long you will walk. Stick to that plan.
2. Find a buddy
Walking with a buddy is more fun and a great motivator. Hint: look for the people with a spring in their step, a smile on their face and a positive attitude that will lead to success! Do a "Talk Test" you should be able to maintain a conversation with your buddy without getting winded. If you can't, slow down a bit.
3. Be safe
Avoid paths with uneven pavements/sidewalks. Observe all traffic laws. Whenever you share the road with traffic, walk facing oncoming traffic. Carry personal identification with you.
4. Wear proper clothing and shoes.
Wear clothes that are light coloured as this helps to reflect the sun’s heat. Use sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Don’t wear tight clothing - go for a loose top and shorts, or light weight trousers
5. Drink water
When you exercise, you need extra water to maintain normal body temperature and cool your muscles. Drink before, during, and after your walk (1-1.5 cups of water for a 20-minute walk). Drink small amounts of water often, instead of a half a bottle at a time. Even if you don’t feel thirsty you should still have a drink at least every 15 minutes as the older we get then the less we are aware of our thirsty feelings.
6. Learn to walk properly
There is a proper technique!
• Keep your chin up and your shoulders back.
• Walk so that the heel of your foot touches the ground first then roll your weight forward.
• If you want an intense walking experience swing your arms as you walk.
7. Start and finish with a few minutes of gentle stretching as this allows the heart rate and muscles to return to normal.
8. Motivate yourself by planning a healthy reward for yourself when you reach a certain goal
9. ENJOY YOURSELF!!...If it’s paining you’re not necessarily gaining. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion potentially are very serious so if you get a headache or feel dizzy then stop walking immediately, have a rest, a drink and cool down.