May is National Walking Month. Organised by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, the campaign aims to encourage us to swap transport for walking and notice the big differences that small steps can make.
Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve our health and increase our fitness.
We should all aim to be active for 150 minutes each week and walking is one of the easiest ways to do this.
Did you know that walking briskly for just 10 continuous minutes counts as exercise?
Yes, just ten continuous minutes of brisk walking every day gets the heart pumping and can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, it can lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Whether you're walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking the dog for a walk, there are lots of ways you can fit ten minutes of brisk walking into your life. You don’t have to go to the gym, wear sportswear or start expensive fitness programmes to get the benefits of an active lifestyle, walking counts too!
Contact your local Wellbeing team for advice and support about being more active. Every Wellbeing Service has a programme of walks for people of all abilities:
So, what are you waiting for ... get outside and see where walking will take you! You’ll be amazed at how even a short walk can make a big difference to the way you feel!