- Public health
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Best of all, it's free!
Regular walking has shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. And it's a great mood lifter and stress buster - a survey by mental health charity Mind revealed that 88% of people saw an overall improvement in mood after going for a walk.
Whatever your age or ability it's easy to get started - all you really need is a comfortable pair of shoes or trainers.
May is National Walking Month
Be a part of the Living Streets' (the UK charity of every day walking) pledge to fit 20 minutes' walking in to your day. Sign up to #Try20 now.
Make walking a daily habit
- walking part of your journey to work - take a stroll from the tube station to the office or get off the bus one stop earlier
- walking to the shops instead of taking the car
- using the stairs instead of the lift or escalator
- leaving the car behind for short journeys
- walking the kids to school
- doing a regular walk with a friend
- going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner?
Alternatively, why not use the council's Marked and Measured Routes as part of your routine? There are nine routes around the borough of varying distances and difficulty levels, and you can tackle them at your own pace. All routes are available during park opening times.
If you prefer something a little more structured, try our instructor-led health walks in parks, suitable for people of all ages and abilities.
Walks take place every day at venues around the borough, costing just £2.80 on the day, with discounts for block bookings and people aged over 60.
The following websites provide lots more information about walking: