This May is ‘National Walking Month’. After a few years of lockdowns and not getting out much, it is more important than ever to get out and enjoy the nice weather that has been gracing us recently in the UK, and what a better way than joining in with National Walking Month?
We also celebrate Mental Health Awareness week this week (9th to 15th May) and walking even just a small amount has been proven to improve both physical and mental wellbeing, so the two topics for this month can easily tie in together.
Some examples of what benefits you can get from walking:
- Walking is good for your heart!
- Walking can help you lose weight!
- Walking can give you energy and make you feel happier!
As well as helping to reduce the risk of a number of health conditions, walking also helps the environment as if you swap a small drive for a small walk you help to reduce air pollution, congestion and road danger! So, this year Living Streets are challenging everyone to #Try20 – walk just 20 minutes every day this month to join in the fun of National Walking Week. You can also share your experience using the two hashtags to help get everyone more motivated!
If you are interested in learning more, reading some tips for your walking challenge, or if you’d like to join in and share your walking journey this month use the link below – Living Streets even have a competition running where if you share your #Try20 story you may be in with a chance to win a shopping voucher!
On top of all of this, Walk to School Week will be taking place from the 16th-20th May for those of you that may have or look after children. Even if you can’t walk all the way to school with your children you can just park a little away and walk on from there – get your children involved in National Walking Month too!
So what are you waiting for? Get out and active this May, whether it’s by walking to and from work or going on a local nature walk!