National Walking Month
Did you know that May is National Walking Month? Why not celebrate by walking your everyday journeys or organising a walk for charity!
National Walking Month encourages people to get on their feet and trade their everyday journeys in for walks.
Walking is the easiest, cheapest and most effective form of exercise, with numerous physical and mental benefits.
Walking just 20 minutes a day can improve your physical health by increasing fitness levels, reducing blood pressure and building strong muscles.
Walking also improves your mental health by giving you a time to enjoy life, reduce stress and reduce anxiety.
There are many ways to get involved with National Walking Month. Living Streets is a national charity which works to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets.
Their objective is to create a walking nation, free from congested roads and pollution.
Living Streets encourage people to take a pledge, by either walking to school during the 21st- 25 May or participating in #Try20, which encourages you to add an extra 20 minutes of walking every day. By joining thousands of families across the UK in these pledges, you will help cut congestion, make roads safer for children, fight against air pollution and build more physical activity into your family’s day to day life.
Hampshire landscape holds some of England’s most inspiring countryside and coastlines, which can be experienced easily by foot.
Home to national parks such as the charming New Forest and the stunning South Downs, you’re sure to find a variety of routes within Hampshire that suit you.
During May, the British Heart Foundation is urging people to support the 7 million people living with heart and circulatory disease in the UK, by taking part in Just Walk.
By signing up for Just Walk, every step you take and every pound you raise will help beat heart disease, whilst also allowing you to celebrate the brilliant National Walking Month.
Written by Lily Lloyd