Walking is free; let’s do more of it
28 September 2020
By Hayley Carmichael
As a form of exercise, walking can be underrated. The humble walk is one of the best things we can do so let’s do it more often…
Celebrate the walk
When it comes to fitness we often champion a run over a walk, and while it might not quite have the same cardio boost a walk has a lot to recommend it.
It is free! You can walk anywhere (a manually propelled wheelchair is also a good work out while you get out too) and swapping a car journey for one on foot pays in more ways than one.
It is low impact. If you have knee or back issues, then walking is a gentle way to get moving that is kinder to your body than a more strident run.
It creates zero pollution. There are no nasty pollutants from a walk, so you’ll be helping to create cleaner, healthier air and reducing your carbon emissions too.
The health benefits are incredible
While we are encouraging people to walk more as part of our Swap in September campaign which is asking people to swap how they usually travel for a less polluting alternative, we also have to celebrate how good the walk is for our overall health.
Here’s a selection of the good things a walk can deliver…
Less stress on joints reduces pain
Maintain a health weight
Less risk for cancer and chronic disease
Check out this research paper for more on the benefits of a good walk which include lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Make a pledge to walk more
When we do things with others it can help us stick to our plans, so our pledges are designed to help create that sense of togetherness.
Make the ‘take a walk’ pledge here.