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Why is walking good for me?

"Walking is a man's best medicine" said Hippocrates over 2000 years ago and indeed scientific research has revealed that walking can help us in lots of ways (physical and mental).

The great thing about walking is that it can be done anywhere and at any time. Walking is inclusive and it is free. Walking at a fast pace can be just as good as running. You can mix it up by including hills, mixed terrain, slower relaxing walks or faster aerobic/cardio walks.

Walking can:

  • Help us keep fit
  • Aid weight loss
  • Improve circulation
  • Increase lung capacity
  • Boost our vitamin D levels
  • Help improve our balance (physical and mental) and co-ordination
  • Strengthen our bones and muscles but with less impact
  • Regulate blood pressure
  • Help us fight dementia
  • Reduce the risk of cancer
  • Prevent or manage heart disease, high blood pressure and Type 2 diabetes,
  • Improve digestion
  • Boost immune function
  • Improve memory
  • Delay ageing
  • Improve our mental health,
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase our social lives,
  • Increase our confidence
  • Increase creativity and productivity
  • Be used fo cross training (i.e. if you are run training)
  • Be used to build endurance and boost performance (i.e. at running events
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