You can do it any time, anywhere, with anyone! Walking is a great way to keep fit and healthy as it’s fun, flexible and totally free.
The warmer months are the perfect time to make new habits and get outdoors as much as possible as the days are getting lighter and longer. Walking regularly has great health benefits – from helping to keep your heart healthy, to helping you maintain a healthy weight, to giving your mental health a boost.
We’ve also put together a check list to help make walking outdoors more fun! This includes the best walks in the UK, what to pack and ideas for fun ways to get the whole family involved.
Here are some great ways to increase your steps:
Walk to work
Ditch the car and walk to work, go for a stroll during your lunch break or walk the dog after work.
Join a local walking group or walk with friends,
All across the country, there are communities of walkers who come together to participate in weekly walking sessions to keep fit and improve their health. You could join them! You can find your nearest walking route here: https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder
Walk with friends
Going on a walk with friends not only benefits your health but your friendships, too! It’s a great way to catch up with people whilst getting some fresh air.
If you have a dog, chances are you already walk every day. If you don’t, you could try borrowing a friend’s or neighbour’s – or using a dog-sitting app like BorrowMyDoggy – to find a pooch to pal up with!
For a real full-body workout, try Nordic walking. In simple terms, it’s walking with poles, so that you use your upper body to propel you forward as you walk – it’s great for toning your upper arms, shoulder and back.
Create a nature trail
Planning your nature trail is half the fun! Whether you want to do this with friends or family, or ramble solo, nature trails are a great excuse to get outdoors and reap the benefits of fresh air. Write down a list of things you want to find on a sheet of A4.
Some great ideas for where to walk:
What to pack:
Our favourite walks in the UK: