Walking is an excellent way to stay healthy and happy. It’s easy to fit into daily life, it can be done almost anywhere, at any time – for free – and it’s great for the environment.
Walking is an activity that people of all ages can take part in. From a 10 minute potter to a 10 hour hike, there is a walking route to suit everyone. You can go it alone, with family or friends, or as part of an organised group. To make walking more fun for kids then why not take a picnic along or turn your walk into a scavenger hunt.
How about joining in an organised walk, such as this Wild Food Walk organised by Groundwork?
Walking is free. You don’t need any specialist equipment, just comfortable footwear. By walking short distances instead of driving or taking the bus, you not just save money on transport but you don't need a gym membership either.
Improve your health
It might be obvious, but walking has big benefits to your health. According to medical research*, regular walking lowers blood pressure, reduces cholesterol, enhances mental well-being and helps prevent osteoporosis. People who walk regularly tend to be happier, laugh more and have reduced stress levels too.
Walking focuses the mind and improves concentration levels. Research [external link] shows that children who walk to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who are driven there. If you have been inside all day, going for a lunchtime walk releases endorphins which refresh your energy levels.
Help the environment
Walking doesn't pollute. By replacing shorter car trips to the shops, school or work with a walk you will reduce your carbon footprint and improve our community by reducing traffic noise and congestion levels.
Help to discover your town
Walking is a great way to take advantage of local facilities and attractions. Local shops help to support the local economy and walking to the supermarket can be much less stressful than driving. By getting out and about, you create more opportunities to meet your neighbours and build community ties.