Walking for Health is a low cost and cost-effective way of helping people in local areas to take control of their own health and lead more active lives by taking part in regular led health walks.
Walking is the best choice for regular healthy exercise. Unlike most other forms of exercise:
- Walking is free and requires no special equipment or training
- Almost everyone is capable of walking, anywhere and it is safe, low impact, with a low risk of injuries and accidents.
Regular walking will:
- Improve your heart health
- Lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Help maintain a healthy weight
- Build strength in muscles and bones
- Build stamina and give you more energy
- Boost your immune system
- Help you breathe more efficiently
- Aid restful sleep
- Build confidence and mental well-being
What is a health walk?
A free led group walk usually lasting between 30-90 minutes.
It should start at a slow pace to allow warm up, speed up for the main part of the walk and then slow towards the end to allow cool down.
It should make the individual feel warmer and sweat a little, increase their rate of breathing and raise their pulse – but not so fast that they cannot talk.
Walking for Health encourages people of all ages to join regular, short walks in their own communities. Fun, free and supportive, which is why once they've tried it walkers tend to stick at it.
Led by a trained walk leader, the walk helps boost the health of participants whilst enjoying local, natural spaces in the company of others.
The social side of walking can be as important for wellbeing as the walk itself.
There are more than 600 led heath walk scheme in England, many of which offer a number of walks each week.
Visit https://www.cfnf.org.uk/healthy-walks for more opportunities for healthy walking
What do I need?
- Comfortable casual shoes, hat and gloves during winter and suitable coat
- Loose fitting clothing allowing free movement
- Any medication that you might need
Walking for health in May 2019
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