Stepping out -

 what are the benefits of walking?

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Blog Article | By Simplyhealth  14 July 2021

When it comes to keeping active , there are lots of activities that may spring to mind. Walking is one of many great ways to help you do so.

 

Here are 9 reasons to step out and enjoy a walk today:

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1. It's free

 

All you need to help you get started is some motivation and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

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2. It's convenient

 

No need to worry about time slots, simply step out the door and you’re ready to go.

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3. It can be both a social and individual activity

 

You can enjoy walking alone to spend time with your thoughts; with friends and family members as a social activity, or a stroll to exercise your dog (if you have one). 

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4. It's adventurous

 

Walking can provide an opportunity to explore new places.

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5. It's versatile

 

From a stroll around the block, to a full a day out exploring, walks can be adapted to whatever suits you.

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6. It's a handy form of transportation

 

Whilst helping you keep active, walking can be a great way to help you get from A to B. 

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6. It can be a form of escapism

 

Walking can provide you with an opportunity to briefly step away from the stresses of everyday life, connect with the great outdoors and notice different things around you.

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6. It's good for your physical health

 

Walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier1.

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6. It's good for your mental wellbeing

 

A short burst of 10 minutes’ brisk walking increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood2.

 

Note: It’s advisable to consult your GP before commencing any new or more strenuous exercise.

 

 

Sources:

1. NHS: www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/walking-for-health

2. Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-using-exercise

 

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