May sees the return of national walking month. It saves on petrol and bus fares, and is better for our planet. It’s easy to fit some more walking in to your working week.
Whether it’s making changes to how you travel to work, or getting out more at lunchtimes, every step can help.
Headed by Living Streets, a national charity working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets around the UK; the aim of the month is to get people enjoying walking and doing it little and often can help encourage a change in behaviour over a longer period of time.
Adults should aim to be active daily. Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes (2½ hours) of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week. (Department of Health, 2011)
The more a person walks the better they feel, the more relaxed they become, the more they sense and the less mental clutter they accumulate. Walking is good for everyone. And the good news is that walking just one mile can burn up to 100 Calories.
Here are our top 3 reasons for walking:
- Time is of the essence... so start timing your walks and see how quickly you can get from A to B. Power walking is a great way to stay healthy, you’ll boost your fitness and energy levels and also save time in the long run.
- Clearing your head when walking means you won’t spend the first 10 minutes moaning at an unsuspecting colleague or family member, when you reach your destination!
- Leaving the car behind or avoiding the bus for short journeys won’t just help you feel fitter –you can save cash on fares and fuel costs too.