Put Your Best Foot Forward

Posted on 12th May 2017 Categories: News

May is #NationalWalkingMonth so it’s time to throw the yoga mat to the back of the cupboard, give your spinning class a miss, postpone pilates and get out into the fresh air.

Walking is the simplest form of exercise and has many health benefits (plus it’s free!):

1. A Strong Heart - Walking is great cardio exercise which helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes.

2. Walking for Weight Loss - A brisk 30 minute walk will burn approximately 99 calories (that’s equivalent to a glass of red wine or 3 jaffa cakes). Introduce this into your daily routine and you’ll shed pounds in no time!

3. Terrifically Toned - Regular walking will help tone your thighs, calves and glutes. Add a hill or two into your route and you’ll also tone your waist and abs – result!

4. A Heathy Mind - Not only great for fitness, walking also helps your mental well-being. Walking 6 miles or more per week helps to preserve your memory and releases feel-good endorphins which reduces stress and anxiety.

5. An Energised You - Walking is one of the best energisers. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply helping you feel more alive and alert. Try walking before work or in your lunch break – more energy means you’ll achieve more throughout your day.

Convinced? Why not give walking a try instead of the gym this month and see how you feel? If you need any route inspiration try Walking Britain – it lists 20 countryside walks within your post code area so there’s no excuse… Your heart, body and soul will thank you!