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.

Why walk?

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

 Staying motivated

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