Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active and improve your health. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help build stamina, burn calories and make the heart healthier. As May is National Walking Month, Daniel Lee, our Physical Activity Lead at Mytime Active, has pulled together some ideas and tips for increasing the amount you walk and opportunities to make it fun too.
Aim for at least 20 minutes a day
It’s recommended that in order to stay healthy we need to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week. Walking for just 20 minutes a day makes up 140 of those minutes with very little effort. It’s easy to do - for example, rather than take the short drive to the shop, leave the car at home. Or, if you have to drive to work then park a 10-minute walk away. Bear in mind it does need to be a brisk walk, so try to pick up the pace slightly.
Try walking meetings
If you’ve a meeting that’s more of an update or a catchup at work, why not take it on the road and enjoy some fresh air at the same time? If it’s raining just standing up for a stand up meeting can help (we typically burn double the calories standing up compared to when we're sitting down).
Make it a family affair
You’ll all feel the benefits if you head to a local park and have a walk. You can even use fitness trackers to make it competitive with a most steps or furthest distance competition, and get inspired to improve your loved ones' wellbeing too.
Take in some beautiful scenery
With canal walks, woodland walks and long distance walks, you can take in some of the incredible sights the UK has to offer at a pace that means you get to appreciate them. The British Heart Foundation has even pulled together some handy interactive maps and walking routes that’ll make it easier for you to find somewhere to explore.
Try something new
There’s a wealth of walking sports to try, including walking football, basketball and Nordic walking, which we often run at our golf locations. Fancy something outside the box? Try Geocaching, the world’s largest treasure hunt. Download an app and search for geocaches all over the world.
If you’d like any more tips and advice on improving your health and wellbeing, Mytime Active will have something for you. With a number of fitness and leisure facilities as well as 16 golf locations nationwide, we’ve everything you need to get started.