We have an “after work, whoever is around” friends walking group and find it is a perfect way to end the day, particularly if you have been sitting at a desk for most of it! We are lucky where we live as we have many beautiful walks on our doorstep; this picture shows one of my favourites.

As an ex coronary care nurse I am well aware of the significant health benefits that can be gained by this gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more active as it is suitable for people of all ages and most abilities; you can do it solo or with friends and the best thing is – it’s free!

8 health benefits of regular walking:

  1. Reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
  2. Helps to keep weight under control
  3. Can help prevent dementia and osteoporosis
  4. Tones your legs, bum and tum!
  5. Boosts vitamin D levels
  6. Helps you sleep
  7. Gives you energy
  8. Makes you happy!

….. so what’s stopping you?