Brush off your mud encrusted walking boots, dust off your trainers and head outdoors! This coming May is ‘National Walking Month’!
Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.
Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.
Pick up the pace!... A brisk walk is about 3 miles an hour, which is faster than a stroll. One way to tell if you’re walking briskly is if you can still talk but can’t sing the words to a song.
If you’re not very active but are able to walk, increase your walking distance gradually. If you’re not active because of a medical condition, get advice on exercising with a disability.
Make it regular!... The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit. Think of ways to include walking in your daily routine.
walking part of your journey to work walking to the shops using the stairs instead of the lift leaving the car behind for short journeys walking the kids to school doing a regular walk with a friend going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner
Make it entertaining!... Walking while listening to music or a podcast can take your mind off the effort. Music can also get you into a rhythm and help you walk faster. You’ll be surprised at how fast the time goes when you’re walking to your favourite tunes.
Change the scene!... Add variety to your walks. You don’t have to travel to the countryside to find a rewarding walk. Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including parks, heritage trails, canal towpaths, riverside paths, commons, woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.
For inspiring walks, visit: www.walkengland.org.uk For wheelchair users, visit : www.walkswithwheelchairs.com, and for parents with buggies, visit: www.walkswithbuggies.com.
Join a walking group!... Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated. Local ramblers’ groups often organise walks for health, leisure and as a means of getting around for people of all ages, backgrounds and levels of fitness. Why not have a look at our ‘What’s On Guide’ for local walking groups in your area!