Leading on from National Walking Month and our #Try20 campaign, our Communications and Media Manager, Tanya Braun gives us the lowdown on the most recent tool to help us introduce more walking into our lives.
Being healthy is something many of us aspire to and is talked and written about endlessly.
We’re always hearing about new ways in which we can improve our fitness, eat better and be more active.
But although we’ve been banging its drum for a while, walking isn’t always the most mentioned method of how to treat ourselves well.
Recent Government research has shown that walking is the easiest way to make us more active, especially for those of us who have low physical activity levels.
From this they’ve developed a simple app which tells us when we’ve done at least 10 minutes of brisk walking a day. If we haven’t done the 10, it will nudge us do to so. Simple.
Although 10 minutes of walking a day isn’t going to produce earth shattering results alone, it’s all about taking small steps which lead to big changes. By starting to walk a bit more every day; skipping a stop on public transport, getting away from your desk at lunchtime, taking the kids to school on foot; we can start to see small changes which can lead to more significant ones.
We know that when people start to fit more walking into their everyday lives, that they enjoy doing so and fit more and more in.
From eight-year-old Rosie who now walks to school and gets to spend more time with her parents and dog Ruby, to Alzheimer’s sufferer Arun Karsen who is now leaving the house and enjoying seeing his community, to Alison in Hartlepool who lost weight and recovered better from a serious operation – all of these people experienced something better because they took a few more steps each day.
This is why we’re supporting the new OneYou Active 10 app, which is available to download now.
You can measure how many minutes of walking you do every day and set yourself targets from 10 to 30 minutes.
It’s really easy to use and, especially for those who haven’t done much walking before, can be a good reminder to take a few extra steps.
Brisk walking increases our heart rate and gets our blood pumping, which in turn burns calories and gets our metabolism working harder.
Walking for 1 mile can burn up to 100 calories.
When we get our bodies moving, we release endorphins which make us feel happier.
Our research has shown that 71% of people experience a reduction in depression levels after going for a walk.
Increased walking = increased physical activity = savings to NHS.
These savings equate to £17bn over 20 years generated by increased levels of walking leading to reductions in the prevalence in type 2 diabetes, dementia, heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and cancer.