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Health Benefits of Walking

Health Benefits of Walking

Mon 9th April 2012

The health benefits of walking are widely known. What better way to keep fit than to get out in the area you live in or alternatively a drive out to the countryside. As it is low impact exercise what better way to get and keep fit.

Regular walkers have less incidence of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other killer diseases. They live longer and get mental health and spiritual benefits. Find out about the many health benefits of walking.

Recommended amount of weekly exercise

•    Adults should do a minimum of 30 minutes moderate-intensity physical activity, five days a week. You don't have to do the whole 30 minutes in one go it can be split into shorter sessions throughout the day.
•    The activity can be a 'lifestyle activity' e.g. walking to the shops or taking the dog out, or structured exercise or sport, or a combination of these. But it does need to be of at least moderate intensity, making you just out of breath.

One of my favourite facts about walking is that you burn as many calories walking a mile than you do running a mile. How can that be? As it takes longer to walk the mile you therefore have longer doing exercise and therefore you have a longer period burning calories.

Walking is therefore the most accessible form of exercise all you need is a good pair of shoes. You donít need to go over the top, if you are walking locally a good pair of flat shoes or trainers are completely acceptable for walking in your local community. Why not go for a walk from your front door.

Alternatively if you want to head into the countryside I have written a short article about the essential equipment and other things you may want to take with you when you are heading out into the countryside.

When walking becomes a part of your everyday life you will feel so much better and get out explore and enjoy the superb countryside we have in the region. Why not download one of our walking guides in Northumberland, Cumbria or the Scottish Borders. For more information about these walking guides please click here.


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