Enjoy walking and improve your health

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National Walking Month (May) is over for another year, but the Public Health Agency (PHA) says there’s still time to put on your walking shoes and take a stroll as part of your everyday life.

Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise and the easiest to build in to your daily routine. It also has many health benefits, as walking at a brisk pace can make you feel good, reduces anxiety, help you sleep better, reduces blood pressure and can help you manage your weight.

Colette Brolly, the PHA lead on physical activity, explained: “You don’t need any specialised equipment to get walking, just a comfortable pair of shoes. Walking doesn’t have to be complicated either, just build it in to everyday activities such as walking to the shops or work instead of driving.

“If you have to take the car to work you could park a little further away from the building than normal and walk that little bit extra to the office. You can enjoy walking together as a family and walk with the children to school which will encourage them from an early age to be active.

“Walking groups can also be a good way to get started and it’s also a great way to make friends who can keep you motivated. There are many groups coordinated by your local health and social care trust so contact them to find out times and days that the groups meet.”

For further information on the benefits of walking and tips and hints to get started visit www.getalifegetactive.com