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Regular walking improves health

‘If a medication existed which had a similar effect to physical activity [like walking], it would be regarded as a “wonder drug” or a “miracle cure”‘ (England’s Chief Medical Officer 2010).

Walking regularly can improve your health and wellbeing because walking is not only good for the body; it’s great for the mind too! Brisk walking counts towards your 150 minutes of recommended exercise per week – but if you can’t manage brisk, don’t worry, get out, enjoy the fresh air, any walking / physical exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases. Physical activity, such as walking can have immediate and long term health benefits.

Physical activity guidelines for adults

Walking is great for your body’s circulation, muscles are activated, your skeletal structure is put to work, your body is gently warmed up and working in harmony.

Walking is great for:

  • Strengthening your muscles
  • Keeping your bones strong
  • Improving the performance of your heart and lungs
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reducing the risk of heart disease and strokes
  • Managing your weight
  • Reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Reducing the risk of some cancers
  • Improving your mood

If you’d like company on your walk or want to learn some new routes you can join a guided walk any day of the week in Milton Keynes courtesy of Walking for Health and their trusted team of volunteer walk leaders.

British Heart Foundation Physical Activity and Health guidelines

Start Active, Stay Active updates the existing guidelines for children, young people and adults, and includes for the first time in the UK, guidelines for early years and older people. Add a 30 minute walk to your day, take your family and friends with you, it’s a great way to stay fit and improve your health.

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