May is National Walking Month – designed to encourage us to get up off our bums and squeeze some light exercise into our days! Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier. There are a few initiatives that you can get involved in to motivate you to get up and out; Living Streets want you to simply #Try20 – that is, try to walk just 20 minutes every day. Easy! Why not grab a few colleagues and stomp the pavements in your lunch hour instead of sitting in the staff room?
There’s also ‘Walk To School Week’, starting today until the 19th. It’s been proven that walking to school makes children feel happier and healthier as well as reducing congestion and pollution! Win-win! Leave your car at home for the school run this week and reap the health and environmental awards!
How do I start?
- You don’t need any special equipment, but it’s a good idea to wear comfortable shoes (you don’t want to end up hobbling home with a blister!).
- Layer up! You know what our Great British weather can be like, you don’t want to be strolling around in a vest one minute only to be caught up in a snow storm the next (it could happen!).
- Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay hydrated!
- Start gently and build up slowly as your fitness improves. If you are not used to walking, start by simply doing ten minutes twice a day.
For more top walking tips check out our Why Walking is Great for your Health post.