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First steps to being happier, healthier homeowner

WE'VE got great homes in great locations and many of them − like our newest development at Mulberry Gardens, Meriden − are close to some great footpaths and open spaces.

They offer a fun, free and family-friendly chance to stretch your legs, enjoy the great outdoors and improve your health and well-being. In fact, if you walk an extra 30 minutes a day for the rest of your life, you could:

SLEEP twice as well

LOSE up to 8lb in three months and, potentially

ADD more than three years to your life, cutting your chance of suffering heart disease, stroke or kidney failure by more than 10%.

According to experts, you're even more likely to be in a good mood for 12 hours after your walk!

These statistics, published by a leading national newspaper, would come as no surprise to first-time buyer Anna Malarska, who moved into her two-bed shared ownership home at Oaklands, Rugby, a year ago.

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"We love our new home and we love the area around Oaklands. It's perfect as there are plenty of places to walk our dog Mia and to go for bike rides with my son William," says Anna (pictured above).

It's a similar story for Bromford homebuyers at Colliers Green, New Arley − a village surrounded by some stunning north Warwickshire countryside, criss-crossed by footpaths.

Over at Meriden, near Solihull, Mulberry Gardens homebuyers who start moving in later this year can stretch their legs at a super sports park in the heart of the village − famed for being the centre of England − or try a stretch of the Heart of England Way, which cuts through the picturesque parish churchyard (below).

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Bromford Homes Area Sales Consultant Kirsty Darby encourages homebuyers to make the most of these free amenities and − as a fitness fan who has completed four Tough Guy UK and seven MoonWalk challenges − to follow our top tips for novice walkers.

"I would certainly encourage our homeowners to get out and explore the local footpaths and open spaces around our homes," says Kirsty. "We've got some really beautiful locations across central England. My own personal favourite is our Saxon Rise development at Brixworth, near Northampton. Pitsford Water Park (below) is right on the doorstep − it's such a beautiful place with a seven-mile waterside track that's ideal for walkers of all ages."

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So here are our top tips for novice walkers, with a grateful nod to NHS choices.

To find out more about our developments and how low-cost home ownership could make YOUR property dream come true, call one of our expert advisors on 0845 60 10 878 or register for updates.

21 August 2014