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Walking (as Transport)

Walking is simple, free and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities, making it one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

The health benefits of walking on a regular basis:

  • Strengthens your heart
  • Lowers risk of disease
  • Give you more energy and make you feel better
  • Help to manage your weight
  • Reduce stress, helping you to sleep better
  • Help to maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints

Get Going

Begin slowly and gradually increase how much walking you do. Build walking into your daily routine so that it becomes a habit – that way it will be easier to keep it up. Below are some ideas to help you get started.

  • Walk to work. Or if you're journey is too long to walk the whole distance, park further away and walk part of your journey
  • Walk to the shops instead of driving
  • Use the stairs instead of the lift
  • Go for a walk in your lunch break with a colleague
  • Instead of going to a cafe to catch up with a friend, get a take away drink and go for a walk
  • Walk the kids to school
  • Get off the bus two stops earlier and walk the rest of the way
  • Organise a walk for the whole family, even if its just a short one after dinner
  • Set yourself challenges or a goal such as aiming to walk 10,000 steps a day - using a pedometer is a cheap and fun way to monitor this

Keep Motivated

Once you have incorporated walking into your daily routine, there are a number of things you can do to keep yourself motivated.

  • Explore the UK and other countries on foot - hill walking, coastal/beach walks, woodland walks
  • Try orienteering - look out for local Xplorer challenges that are suitable for the whole family or look into joining a local club
  • Join a local walking group - through the Active Together team we are keen for people to explore more about the walking opportunities we have across the borough. Regular led-walks are supported by a very active volunteering community. Qualified walk leaders create a safe and friendly environment for people to meet regularly. If you would like more information on our recreational walking groups please visit our walk group pages.