Walking is a free and easy way to travel short distances and is also a great way to improve your health, fitness and energy levels.
Health professionals such as the British Heart Foundation and the National Health Service strongly suggest aiming for 10,000 steps a day at moderate intensity. The average person currently manages around 3,500 to 5,000 steps.
Walking that gets the heart pumping can:
- help to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some cancers
- help you loose weight by burning up to 75 calories every 30 minutes
- help you build up muscle mass and increase stamina
- boost circulation and increases oxygen supply to wake you up and give you more energy
- boost your mood by releasing feel-good endorphins and reducing stress and anxiety
The easiest way to walk more is to make if part of your daily routine. Think about:
- Walking part of your journey to work
- Walking to the shops
- Using the stairs instead of the lift
- Leaving the car behind for short journeys
- Walking the kids to school
- Doing a regular walk with a friend
- Going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner