Walking is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels and can be done almost anywhere. It is a simple form of physical activity that people can do without even realising that they are exercising. Walking is the most common form of physical activity.
There are plenty of good reasons to take walking seriously. Here are some specific reasons....
- Regular exercise can halve the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Regular exercise can reduce high blood pressure and the risk of stroke.
- Exercise can also significantly reduce the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes.
- Walking can contribute to strengthening your bones and heart and reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.
- Walking will improve your balance, co-ordination and joint flexibility which is especially noticeable in later life.
- Walking just one mile can burn up at least 100kcal and walking two miles a day three times a week can help reduce weight by one pound every three weeks. (Use the Journey Planner to calculate the distance you travel)
- Walking is entirely free!
- You don't have to tax your shoes. (Or pay for an NCT, or a service, or pay for petrol costs).
- If you’re walking a few miles each day then you may go through a bit more ‘shoe leather’ than normal, and you might want to buy a decent lightweight waterproof jacket and a water bottle.
- You may even trade in your gym membership in favour of walking more often. That'll make a nice holiday fund!
- Walking is often quicker and does not involve traffic hold ups or time spent looking for a parking space.
- Walking is a great way to meet new people and make friends.
- Walking is a good opportunity to spend time with your family.
- Going for a walk is a proven way of combating depression and helping to reduce anxiety and stress.
- Walking will increase your energy levels and make you look good.
- Walking will help you to sleep better.