We know getting active keeps us healthy and walking is easy and free.
At Living Streets Cymru we want to make walking the natural choice for everyone in Wales.
Many older adults in Wales are physically inactive, or at risk of becoming so, which increases social isolation, reduces independence and diminishes physical health and fitness.
We’re working with Healthy Active Fund (HAF) on Walking Friends Wales (Cyfeillion Cerdded Cymru), our project to help people over 50 in south Wales increase their walking activity. The project helps older adults start walking in their communities, make new connections and voice the need for changes to their local walking environment.
Walking has a positive impact on our lives, be it mental, physical or social, and the Walking Friends Wales project aims to cover all of these.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Over the past few months, many older adults have been unable to leave the house because of the coronavirus pandemic. This might have left you feeling restless and isolated, especially if you live on your own.
Despite the restrictions caused by the pandemic, Walking Friends Wales can help people over the age of 50 to build up confidence and strength to start walking and gradually get more active.
Walking Friends Wales can introduce you to other people living in your area (if it is safe to do so) and get you walking at your own pace so that you can experience all the health benefits associated with regular exercise.
When you take part, you’ll be introduced to a Walking Friend who will take you through an 8-week programme of self-guided activities which are linked to the 5 Ways of Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Take Notice, Give). These activities can be done indoors and outdoors and are designed to get you walking at your own pace so that you can experience all the health benefits associated with regular exercise. Your Walking Friend can also help to identify and report any changes that are needed in your area, like a new pedestrian crossing, that will help you get around more safely.
Getting involved with Walking Friends Wales is easy. You can refer yourself, a friend, relative or client by using our simple online form. Alternatively, just get in touch with us. Contact our Walking Friends Wales Project Coordinator Ilona Carati by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning on 07566 777410.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.
There are two levels of higher risk: ‘high risk’ and ‘very high risk’ (also called extremely vulnerable).
People at ‘high risk’ includes people who are 70 or older. You can still leave the home for exercise but should maintain at least two metres distance from others. In Wales, please follow the current guidance from Welsh Government.
Whatever your situation, it remains important to stay active. Check out the links for exercises you can do in the home.
Our #WalkingFromHome blogs are full of inspiration and advice to help you stay active or find out about our UK-wide projects with older adults.