Tanya B

Our Media & Communications Manager, Tanya, fills us in on the first ten days of National Walking Month.

Ten days in - and look how far we've come. Thousands of people like you have taken to their feet and are reaping the #Try20 benefits. National Walking Month has hit the headlines and everyone's talking about walking. In case you’ve missed it, here are some of our first week highlights…

Day one of National Walking Month started with a bang. The Observer, Sunday Mirror and a number of regional newspapers sparked the Try20 conversation. Lots of you started Tweeting your Sunday strolls – whether they were along your local streets or down at the beach.

Beach walk

Things really got going on Bank Holiday Monday. The Sun, Daily Mail, The Times, The i, The Guardian and BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky News and ITN (to name but a few) were talking about walking. They published our research which shows how over half of Brits won’t walk for 20 minutes before jumping in the car and you responded with hundreds of tweets and pictures of your daily walks. The health benefits you should feel from walking for at least 20 minutes a day were displayed via BT.com and you told us how much better you already were feeling. One of our pledgers, Jean Taylor, said walking “was a very good way of unwinding after a day's concentration in front of the computer,” and lots more of you agreed – talking about how your mood was already improving. 

Bluebells

 

Back to work on 3 May and lots of you were sharing pictures of lunchtime walks and walking meetings. ELLE and Red both ran with pieces about how you can fit 20 minutes of walking into your day, while we took ourselves on a hunt for new lunchtime treats and ended up at Spitalfields City Farm.

After half an hour of petting the animals, we went back to work feeling calm, rested and motivated for the afternoon. It seems this inspired some of you to find local wildlife too… @drew_carver told us he was: “off in search of a donkey” after we posted a picture of this beautiful boy ->

Towards the end of week one, @NNHighways told us: “I walked loads at weekend...and I'm lazy. Was great. New regime for me.” Just what we like to hear – looks like Try20 is already working! 

One Try20 pledger, Rosalind Kent also commented: “I love walking because it gets me reliably from A to B without traffic jams or stress. It is healthier for body and mind, and it makes for a more cohesive community if I can see and speak to the other members!” Hear, hear Rosalind.

 

To see more Try20 walks, tips and articles, take a look at our Storify.

Donkey