Walking – Great Start to a Healthy Lifestyle

The UK Chief Medical Officers recommend adults do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. One way of achieving this would be walk 30 minutes on five days a week. The recommendation for children is at least 60 minutes every day and preferably more.

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Inactivity is a key factor in the dramatic growth of obesity. 61% of English adults and 30% of children are overweight or obese. All walking is beneficial, but for the greatest benefits to heart, lungs and blood pressure, brisk is best. You should be breathing a little faster, feeling a little warmer and can feel your heart beating a little faster, but you still feel comfortable and are able to talk.

Regular brisk walking will:

  • Improve performance of the heart, lungs and circulation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and strokes – inactive and unfit people have double the risk of dying from CHD

Walking regularly at any speed will:

  • Help manage weight.
  • Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of certain cancers such colon, breast and lung cancer Improve flexibility and strength of joints, muscles and bones, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Increase “good” cholesterol
  • Boost the immune system
  • Improve mood, reduce anxiety, aid sleep and improve self-image
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