Walking a great way to get and stay healthy.
One of the reasons health experts give walking such rave reviews is because it’s a ‘lifestyle exercise’. That means you can usually make time for it without too much of a change to your daily routine. Walking to work, to the shops, or even the gym may take a bit longer but it will definitely be worth it.
Because it’s easy to fit into everyday life, people who walk tend to keep it up, and burning 500-1000 calories per week (that’s about 6-12 miles walking for an average weight person) reduces the risk of premature death by 20-30%.
Walking will help protect you against:
- Cardiovascular disease (coronary heart disease and stroke), as well as ‘risk factors’ such as high blood pressure and cholesterol
- Cancer (particularly bowel cancer, and breast cancer in post-menopausal women)
It has also been shown to improve:
- Musculoskeletal health (for example osteoarthritis and lower back pain)
- Mental health, happiness and well-being
So why not plan out a route for yourself the next time you are thinking of jumping in the car and enjoy the benefits of a good walk. We have teamed up with Walkit.com to make it easy for you to plan out your route.
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