It’s no secret that walking has so many benefits. Walking is good for our mental health as well as our physical health, it has been a lifeline to many especially during the last year. So let’s celebrate National Walking month this May by upping our step count.
Need motivation to get out? Not only are the evenings lighter, meaning we can increase our vitamin D intake, linked to feeling good. But research has found that a 20 minute walk each day can reduce the risk of certain health conditions such as cancers, heart disease, and depression amongst others.
Lockdown has also shown us how congestion and air quality has improved with less cars on the road. So why not walk to school or work? If you can’t walk the whole way, try walking part of the way instead, by up parking a few roads earlier.
Here’s some ways to help motivate your walk this month;
- Go on a family adventure
- Let the kids lead the way
- Search for rainbows
- Go on a lunchtime walk
- Walk to and/or from school
- Have a tick list of items to lookout for; birds, pelican crossing, lollipop lady/man
- Give children a magnifying glass
- Ring a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
- Download a podcast to listen to
Want to take it one step further? There are lots of charities getting involved with National Walking month, so why not set yourself a challenge and raise some money for your preferred charity.
Don’t forget to stay 2M apart, walk locally and wash your hands frequently.
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