Five steps towards a more active and energetic you
2) Don’t run before you can walk
It may sound obvious, but walking really is a great way to get your body moving, your blood pumping and keep your bones and your muscles strong and healthy. Best of all, it’s free, provides fresh air and sunlight, is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and could even save you money if you regularly walk instead of relying on a car or public transport. It may even help you burn off some of those extra pounds that have been hanging around since Christmas. If you do need to lose weight, you may wish to read our previous Live Healthy guide to healthier eating and getting your five-a-day.
According to NHS Choices, the average person walks between 3,000 and 4,000 steps a day. To find out your average, you may wish to consider buying a pedometer (a device worn on the waist or arm which measures each step you take), which can cost as little as a few pounds. If you work out your average after a week or so, then you have a daily target to smash. If you’d like to find places to explore on foot in your locality or find local ramblers groups to join some guided walks in your local area, visit British charity the Ramblers website and pop in your postcode.
According to Change4Life, regular walking can cut you risk of developing cardiovascular disease in half, reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes and can also boost your immune system. In addition to the physical benefits, regular walking can also be beneficial to mental and emotional wellbeing. For those who lead a very busy lifestyle, walking to and from work could afford you some valuable time to reflect on the day ahead or the day behind you, provide space to wind down, de-stress and carry out some mental planning – all essential elements of good wellbeing.
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