May is National Walking Month, so whether it is a walk in the park, or hike in the hills, enjoy the health benefits of walking and make every step count!
So, whatever the weather, get yourself and your family outdoors to enjoy our beautiful countryside. Not only is walking simple and free, it is also one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight (if needed) and become healthier. Walking is ideal for all age groups and all levels of fitness, what a great way to spend some healthy familytime!
According to the NHS, “Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.”
It is recommended by the NHS that you start slowly and try to build your walking regime gradually. To get the best health benefits from walking, it needs to be of moderate-intensity activity. In other words, it needs to be faster than a stroll.
Set yourself a goal and try to walk 10,000 steps a day, if you would like to track this and don’t have a smart watch, there are some fun apps available as a free download.
As we all know it is sometimes difficult to stay motivated, so mix it up, walk as part of your journey to work, walk to the shops, use the stairs instead of the lift, or walk the kids to school. Alternatively, how about joining a walking group? Ramblers helps you find a walking group with like minded people, near to you. You could also take some time over the weekend to explore some of the trails along our beautiful coastline or take a hike through the tranquil hills and moors of the Durham Dales. We are truly spoilt for choice!
Always remember to finish off your walk with a few gentle stretches and of course keep up to date with regular chiropractic adjustments for enhanced flexibility and mobility.
So, whether it is a walk in the park, or hike in the hills, get outdoors and enjoy the health benefits of walking and make every step count!