Why is walking important?

The current adult recommendation is at least 30 minutes of moderately intensive activity on five or more days of the week. Unfortunately, only about 37% of men and 25% of women currently achieve the recommended exercise levels.

 Brisk walking is the perfect activity to help you meet the current recommendations.

 

Significant health benefits are:  

  • Reducing High Blood Pressure  

  • Helping prevent the onset of Type 2 Diabetes, currently on the increase. 

  • Helping prevent the onset of Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. 

  • Strengthening your heart –walking builds stamina and strengthens your heart, lungs and bones.

  • Burning calories and maintaining a healthy weight.

  • Reducing risk of falls:  Especially in the elderly, physical activity can improve balance, co-ordination and joint flexibility.

  • Lifting your mood and helping you to relax; walking helps you sleep better, provides you with more energy and aids restful sleep.

 

How often should I walk?

  • Try walking most days of the week (at least 5)

  • At a pace faster than a stroll.

  • Ideally for a period of at least 30 minutes


What will I need to get started? 

  • A sensible pair of shoes and comfortable, loose fitting clothes.

  • A raincoat or umbrella in case of unexpected rain.

  • Some water: drink small, regular sips to stop you becoming dehydrated.

 

Walking works

If you find it difficult to get active, why not start walking regularly? It's really easy to get started, you don't need any special equipment - and best of all it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.

Walking can improve your health, your happiness and, if you join one of our groups, it will give you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area and meet people like yourself.