We know that walking is really good for us. So as we enter the New Year and consider how to be healthier, more active or cut our spending, why not give Try2017 a go? That is, walk for 20 minutes every day this year.

Walking reduces the risk of developing illnesses such as heart disease, certain cancers, stroke and depression. It also reduces feelings of stress, helps us to maintain a healthy weight and gets our muscles moving.


In May last year we saw thousands of people pledge to Try20 for National Walking Month. Having just caught up with our pledgers, we hear that 75% kept to walking 20 minutes a day – well done!

So if you’re bored of making resolutions and not sticking to them, try something totally achievable and yet extremely beneficial to your health, happiness and bank balance this January. Try2017.


Every walking step uses 200 muscles

Walking for a mile burns 100 calories

Increased walking rates could save the NHS £17billion over the next 20 years

Walking for 2 miles a day, 3 times a week can reduce weight by one pound every 3 weeks

71% of people experienced decreased levels of depression after going out for a walk

Our top tips for incorporating walking into your everyday:

  • Take the long cut - instead of opting for a short cut!

  • Ditch the school run for a school walk

  • Explore new areas on foot at lunchtime

  • Try a walking meeting


  • If you want to take walking up a notch, why not try walking on different terrains or with weights?
  • If you're getting the bus, why not get off a stop earlier?
  • Try to fit it into your everyday – that way you’re still getting to where you need to be and being healthy while you do it!

Here’s what the health experts say about walking:

Dr Jennifer Mindell

Dr Jennifer Mindell,

Senior Lecturer in Public Health at University College London says:


Walking the everyday journeys we make is the easiest way to improve our health. A 20 minute walk can improve our mental wellbeing, keep our muscles and bones healthy, and helps protect us from developing heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It’s really important that we all think about adding more walking to our everyday journeys to keep ourselves active and healthy.

Dr Grace Lordan, 

associate professor in health economics at the LSE says: 


As many of us look to develop healthier habits for 2017, why not consider walking more of your everyday journeys? My recent research has highlighted that those who walk moderately or vigorously for 20 minutes or more a day have a lower body mass index and propensity to be obese as compared to those who choose other forms of exercise.  

I truly believe walking is the habit to form in 2017 as it is free and accessible, as well as being a habit you are more likely to stick to if you currently lead a sedentary lifestyle.

Dr Rhonda Cohen

Dr Rhonda Cohen,

Sport & Exercise Psychologist at Middlesex University says:


It can be hard for us all to make time for exercise; whether joining the gym or taking up a group sport but walking is easy to fit into our everyday lives and is so good for us. Walking lowers feelings of anxiety and gives us time to come up with the most creative thoughts. It improves our mood – even the shortest walk can make you feel better.

There is a multitude of significant research which demonstrates that walking improves self esteem and reduces anxiety levels. As Charles Dickens said ‘walk to be healthy, walk to be happy.

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