Each year May is the national month of walking, which is all about encouraging people who depend on the steering wheel a little too much to get out, to get active and have a breath of fresh air!
Walking has many advantages for both your health and experiencing the environment. Let’s have a look at what some of these are and you may want to grab your walking boots instead of your car keys.
First of all your health is a big reason why you should take part in walking this May. Did you know, according to a recent survey, 4.5 million people in the UK have a gym membership but, only 27% of those people actually go on a regular basis meaning only 1.22 million people go to the gym enough times a week to see the benefit.
If you do not enjoy the gym and opt for exercise classes, cycling or rowing, instead, why not try walking too? Many people blame lack of exercise on time, in some cases that is understandable; however walking can be easily incorporated into your daily lives. Why not try walking to pick up your children from school, ambling to the corner shop to pick up the milk, or maybe just a 15 minute stroll with the dogs when you come home from work…after all they need their exercise too!
Walking helps you lose weight; it burns calories and boosts your immune system. It improves heart health and reduces blood pressure and walking for just 20 minutes a day can also boost your daily mood.
Walking is not only beneficial for your health and wellbeing but it can also play a big part in improving the quality of your local environment by reducing the number of vehicles on the road. Motor vehicles are a major source of pollution as air particles can irritate your breathing and cause various health problems.
Walking does not require fuel and doesn't contribute to air pollution. It also takes up less space on the roads which means less traffic, less road collisions and less noise in more urban areas.
So why not take inspiration from National Walking Month this May and swap the car keys for your walking boots and some fresh air instead? See the benefits not just for yourself but for the people and environment around you too!