National Walking Month is here!
02 May 2023
By RJ Heron
May is National Walking Month, now the springtime weather and lighter evenings are here it’s the perfect time to get outside and get walking.
A healthy way to get from A to B
There are so many great health benefits associated with walking and it’s one of the best ways to improve our physical and mental health.
Walking for just 20 minutes can reduce the risk of a number of health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. It also reduces unhealthy levels of cholesterol and gives good cholesterol a boost!
Living Streets have put together 20 tips to help you fit 20 minutes of walking into your day. From walking the dog to your commute to work, see how many #Try20 tips you can check off the list this month.
Get out and about
Taking a stroll can also help us feel connected to our community and help us to feel less lonely and isolated.
Being stuck behind the wheel can feel quite boring, it’s much easier to bump into a friend or neighbour while out walking instead.
Cleaner air for us all to breathe
By swapping out a drive for a walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger. Making the air we breathe cleaner and our walkways & roads safer.
Another added bonus is that walking is free so you’ll be saving yourself some money in the process!
Walk to School Week
Also, during May Walk to School Week is running from the 19-15 May. Ditch the car and walk the school run and help youngsters in getting in their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day, before they even reach the school gates!