Take to your feet to celebrate National Walking Month

The local NHS is calling on residents to take to their feet and feel the health benefits of walking to celebrate National Walking Month this May.

There are huge health benefits from walking including helping people to lose weight, lowering risk of dementia, giving people more energy and providing a full body workout with a low impact on joints and muscles.

Walking is also really good for the heart as strengthens it and reduces the risk of heart disease and strokes. A brisk walk for 30 minutes every day is said to reduce the risk of a stroke by over a quarter. It also reduces bad levels of cholesterol, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

Dr David Supple, Clinical Chair at NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, said: “We are urging local people to take to their feet to improve their health by getting more walking into their day, whether on their own, with friends and family, or by joining a local walking group.

“Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking is simple to do, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and make your heart healthier.You don't have to walk for hours as a brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.”

To find out more about the health benefits of walking and tips on how to get the most form walking visit NHS Choices.

For more information about local walks visit the Brighton and Hove City Council walking webpage, including self-guided / guided walks and health walks which are short and led by a trained volunteer leader.