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Get your walking boots on

Walking is one of the most accessible forms of exercise. Most people can add a little bit more walking into their day, and no matter how much you do, it all helps!

You don’t need to have hiking boots or go for long walks up mountains. Let’s find some ways to add in extra steps  every day.


Benefits of walking

Did you know just how good for you walking is? It’s a little bit amazing really. It can help…

  • Support weight loss
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Improve bone density
  • Increase energy levels
  • Increase stamina
  • Improve your mood and reduce stress
  • Improve your memory
  • Promote good sleep
  • and even strengthen your immune system

So if you’re able to, walking more can help you live a healthier, happier life!


Ways to walk

Walk with friends

Walking can be a great way to connect with friends. Instead of a natter over a coffee, try a walk around the park or your neighbourhood. Bring along a flask or grab a coffee on the go and enjoy the fresh air as you catch up.


Walk with your little friend

If you’re lucky enough to have a dog, you’ll know how important it is to give them regular exercise. But it’s very easy to get into a rut with your walking route. Try walking a different way, or a little bit further each time, to refresh your route and give your little friend somewhere new to explore.


Try a walking meeting

Being tied to a desk can be really dull, and can even be damaging to your health, and sometimes an in-person meeting is a welcome relief. But have you considered a walking meeting? It can really help create a relaxed environment to discuss new ideas and creative solutions to problems, as well as helping you get your steps in!


Rekindle the romance

It’s very easy to fall into a routine with your loved one, and you can forget how much fun you have just being together. Getting outside and walking regularly, even if it’s just around your local area, gives you a chance away from your list of chores and work to talk, explore and enjoy the world around you together. All while reaping the health benefits!



Move however you can

If you find it difficult to walk, you don’t have to miss out. Spending time outdoors brings health benefits however you do it, from helping you de-stress and relax to improving your cardiovascular system. If you want to spend time with other people, look for local groups on Active My Way, speak to your local leisure centre, or have a chat with a local social prescriber, who could help point you in the right direction.

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Before you start

Check your route before you go and be sure you know where you’re going

Wear appropriate clothing

Wear sturdy footwear

Wear plenty of sun cream, a sun hat and sunglasses in warm weather

Take a drink and a snack with you

If you’re going somewhere new, try and go with a friend until you’re familiar with the path

Only do what you’re comfortable with; don’t push yourself too hard.



Images used courtesy of the Centre for Ageing Better and Sport England