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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 you.

Walking is one of the simplest forms of physical activity. It has great health Walking at workbenefits and almost everyone can do it.

Walking helps to reduce blood pressuretones 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 lift.
  • Have rewards for those who use the stairs regularly.Walking in the park

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!

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