Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. This month, the National Charity, Living Streets, is encouraging people to hit the streets and swap four wheels for two.
Walk to School Week, this week, is hoping to encourage families to try the school run on foot and see how much less stressful and healthier it can be.
The benefits of walking
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers and walking just 20 minutes a day can make all the difference to how a person feels both physically and emotionally as well as transforming fitness levels.
How to make walking a habit
Including walking into your daily routine can be done in many ways;
- Walk part of your journey to work.
- Walk to the shops.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift.
- Leave the car behind for short journeys.
- Walk the kids to school.
- Do a regular walk with a friend.
- Go for a stroll with family or friends after dinner.
Throughout this month top tips, tools, fun facts and inspirational stories – not to mention a whole host of activities to get you out and enjoying your walks even more can be found at the livingstreets webpage.
For City walks, Walkit has an interactive walk planner to help you find the best walking route with each suggested route including the journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving.