National Walking Month

National Walking Month

The benefits of walking as a form of exercise are often underrated. From helping improve your physical and mental wellbeing, building walking into your day also saves money and helps the environment.


Each May charity Living Streets celebrates National Walking Month. A month dedicated to encouraging people across the country to take to their feet and feel the benefits of walking. National Walking Month includes the charity’s two flagship events - Walk to Work Week (11-15 May) and Walk to School Week (18-22 May).


This year over 8,000 people took part in Living Streets’ Walk to Work Week. By making simple changes to their day such as walking all or part of their commute, planning a walking meeting or going for a lunchtime walk, they clocked up an impressive 78,679 miles. That’s the equivalent of walking around the world three times.


Walking is the cheapest, simplest and one of the most effective forms of exercise. Walking for just 20 minutes a day can transform fitness levels, improve health and reduce stress and anxiety. With many of us rushing from the commute to the office, and then eating lunch at our desks before heading home for a night in front of the television, we are unwittingly risking our health.


A brisk 20 minute walk can burn up to 110 calories so if combined with a healthy eating plan it’s an excellent way to lose a few pounds. It’s an easy and accessible way to get active and help maintain a healthy heart.


The results of 2015 study found that a 20 minute walk each day could be enough to reduce an individual’s risk of early death (Ekelund et al. 2015).


There is a wealth of evidence that shows that physical activity can not only reduces stress and anxiety, but can be as effective as medication in boosting mood. Walking is a great way to clear your head at the beginning or end of a stressful day.


A few simple steps in the right direction can make all the difference. Who knows where walking can take you?


For more information visit www.livingstreets.org.uk