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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


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…


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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NEW SIZE, NEW LOOK, NEW IDEAS, in August's Healthy Food Guide! Look good and feel younger with our affordable anti-wrinkle remedies that work, get hot legs with Joe Wicks' easy exercises – plus lean Med-style dishes, and get svelte with our summer diet plan, packed with delicious recipes, all under 500 calories. Plus - how to deal with travel tensions, diet tips to boost energy and the latest advice on lowering your dementia risk, all in this month's brand new-look issue, available now.