National Walking Month
National Walking Month in May
If you need a bit of a push when it comes to physical activity,
walking might be the key to kick start the new, healthy and active
Walking is one of the simplest forms of physical
activity. It has great health benefits and almost everyone can do it.
Walking helps to reduce blood
pressure, tones muscles and
strengthens your bones, helps to control
your weight and can also boost your energy
levels and improve your mood.
In May, Living Streets and
Walk England are joining
forces to promote walking and help people get out and about on
foot. Throughout National Walking Month, they’ll
put on different activities to get the nation walking.
Living Streets is a national
charity working to create safe, attractive and enjoyable streets –
they’ll be encouraging people to take to the streets with their
successful annual initiative –
Walk to Work Week (9 - 13 May).
Walking can be done anywhere, even in the
workplace. If staff tend to lead a busy lifestyle and don’t feel
that they have time to go for a long walk, there are other ways
they can fit walking into their daily routine.
- Catch a bus or tube to work? Why not get off
a stop earlier and walk the rest of the way?
- Take the stairs instead of the
- Have rewards for those who use the
And don't forget to take a short walk
during lunch break. The working environment can be
stressful, but no matter how busy staff are, everyone's entitled to
a lunch break, and staff deserve one! So encourage them
to let off some steam by suggesting they head outside for some
fresh air and clock up their 30 minutes a
day of physical activity.
These are just small changes
you can suggest to staff to do at work, but a really great way to
combine getting fit with a fun activity is with a BHF
walking challenge. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you
could even start your own walking club or organise a walk of your
own – we’ve got lots of resources to help
you get started.
Walk to Work will take place 9 – 13 May, so
get thinking now about what your organisation can do to get staff
stepping lively during
National Walk Month.
The first step towards being more active is
the most important one so get stepping!