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National Walking Month 2024

Wed 01 May 2024

May is National Walking month.  With the evenings being lighter for longer, May is a great month to get outside and start walking.  With 2 bank holidays in May, there is no excuse not to get outside and go for a walk.

Spending time in nature can boost your overall wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce your stress level, reduce anxious thoughts, and make you feel more relaxed.

Walking is one of the best things you can do for your overall health, it has so many physical and mental health benefits for all ages and abilities.  A short 20–30-minute walk can reduce the risk of several preventable health conditions, including some cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.  By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help reduce air pollution, congestion, and fuel costs.

Many diseases, conditions, and ailments can be prevented by participating in regular physical activity. Even moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as walking can provide these incredible health benefits.


Physical Health Benefits


  • Helps lose or maintain a healthy weight
  • Lowers risk of heart disease & improves cardiovascular endurance
  • Lowers the risk of having a stroke
  • Lowers the risk of several types of cancer
  • Regulates blood pressure & cholesterol
  • Helps prevent and manage type 2 diabetes
  • Helps ease arthritis pain & stiffness
  • Strengthens muscles & bones and prevents osteoporosis
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases metabolism
  • Keeps your lungs healthy
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Helps to regulate hormones and alleviate menstrual cramps
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Increases your Vitamin D intake
  • Promotes healthier skin and hair growth
  • Improves balance and lowers risk of falls


Mental Health Benefits


  • Helps with relaxation and stress relief
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Lowers risk of depression
  • Improves your mood
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Improves self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Improves energy levels & fights fatigue
  • Can stop food cravings
  • Improves cognition & creativity
  • Can help lower risk of dementia
  • Boosts productivity & performance
  • Improves overall quality of life
  • A healthy way to spend time with family and friends


These are just some of the reasons why you should try to work in more walking to your daily routine. Whether you walk at lunchtime, start your day with a walk, or have walking meetings, why not try it and feel the benefits for yourself.

If you don’t enjoy walking, try going with a friend or family member, or listening to music, podcasts or audiobooks while you walk. You could set yourself a daily step goal and track your steps using your watch, an App, or a pedometer, you may even discover new routes in your local area.

Alternatively, travel further to visit some of the UK’s beautiful areas of outstanding natural beauty, national parks or woodland areas.  If you’d like more of a challenge, try walking one of the nation’s top 10 walks according to the National Trust.

Wherever you decide to walk this May, just get outside, enjoy nature, clear your mind, and spend time with family and friends.

Type of article: Articles
Category: Wellbeing

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