Increase the time you spend walking and feel the benefits

Why walk?

  • Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active
  • On average, people are sedentary for more than 9 hours a day, when commuting, at work and at home.  But too much sitting is bad for your health!
  • Adults should aim to be active for 150 mins a week at least, to benefit health and 60 mins a day for children
  • Walking for just 20 minutes a day will burn 7 lbs of body fat a year
  • Walking for just 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week can:
    • reduce the risk of heart disease by a quarter
    •  reduce stress, cholesterol and blood pressure
    •  reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 30 – 40%
  • Being active can help boost self-esteem, mood and energy and is one of the 5 ways to wellbeing
Ideas to get involved:
  • Join in the Big Bucks Walk on May 14th – aim to spend some time walking that day – whether to work, to school, at lunchtime to the post box, with a friend. More details on twitter so follow us @PHBucks
  • Join in the National Walking Month campaign by Living Streets
  • Take part in the Workplace Challenge
  • Download the Simply Walk brochure
  • Take part in Walk to Work week May 12th-16th
  • Check out www.walkit.com it has great maps of towns if you live or work in London, High Wycombe or Aylesbury (among others) and find a walking route from your bus stop or rail station
  • Make sure you and your colleagues take a break and have a walk at lunchtime