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Walking is a free and simple way to stay physically active and provides a huge number of health benefits.
Living Streets, a UK Charity that champions everyday walking, is campaigning for everyone to get out and walk at least 20 minutes every day during May. They’ve provided 20 tips on how to fit walking into your day, make it more fun and encourage others to join in.
To inspire you to get out and take a walk, here are 5 health benefits of regular walking.
Just like all forms of cardiovascular exercise, regular walking can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart and lowering your cholesterol.
A regular walking habit gets you up and about, strengthening your entire body, including your immune system and has been shown to reduce the risk of many chronic illnesses including type 2 diabetes, stroke, asthma and some cancers.
Many people in the UK have a Vitamin D deficiency. It’s not possible to get all of the Vitamin D you require from your diet, so getting outdoors and taking a walk is a fantastic way to top up your levels.
Exercise can improve your mood and helps to reduce anxiety and depression. Walking releases endorphins, your good mood chemicals, which help to ensure positive mental health.
Increased energy levels allows you to get out and enjoy life more. By boosting oxygen supply and increasing blood flow, walking helps you feel more alert and energetic.
If you want to get out there and enjoy the benefits of walking, our stunning Kent countryside is a perfect place to do it. The visitkent.com website has some wonderful walking routes for you to try.
If you’re a keen walker or just getting started, it’s a good idea to get advice and assessment from a professional. Our Sport Medicine Consultant, Dr Laurence Gant specialises in helping people who want to optimise their physical activity. If you have any concerns about your health before starting, or have injuries or conditions that might hinder your activity, why not come and see Dr Gant.
Read more about our Sport Medicine Clinic or call 01622 237727 to find out more.