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HAPPY FEET

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, tone up or simply explore the great outdoors while getting a health kick, walking is the workout that has it all

Walk your way to better health

LOVE YOUR BODY

NEED AN INCENTIVE to find your stride? Walking is the easiest form of exercise that’s proven to improve our health; it helps to lower our risk of a long list of diseases, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, depression and dementia, to name a few.

The magic step count that makes a difference is 10,000, says NHS Choices. That’s five miles and will take just 1 hour 20 minutes out of a 24 hour day to rack up, burning around 450 calories. But the NHS calculates that most of us don’t even hit 4,000 – so we need to step up our game.

Summer is a great time to get outdoors, whether walking to work or the shops, going for a stroll after dinner or making it your sport of choice. It’s a great way to catch up with friends or to have time out alone, take in the scenery and add a dose of vitamin D into the bargain. Plus, it’s easy, free and can be done virtually anywhere! This handy guide is filled with know-how and inspiration to get you started. So come on, walk this way…

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

BUILDS UP FITNESS If you’ve been inactive for a time, walking is a great way to help you regain your former fitness. It can also be a challenging activity for anyone who’s already fit and strong. ‘Walking raises your heart rate and gets your blood pumping, so works your circulatory system,’ says personal trainer Stuart Amory.

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