Lincolnshire CCGs are encouraging everyone to take simple steps to improve their health by taking part in National Walk to Work day on Friday (April 5).
Walking counts towards a healthy heart and healthier lifestyle by increasing energy, reducing stress and improving sleeping patterns, and is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance.
Walking can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.
Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Some of the benefits associated with walking include: increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness; reduced risk of heart disease and stroke; improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes; stronger bones and improved balance; increased muscle strength and endurance; and reduced body fat.
Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise.
Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.
If you are unable to walk to work there are a great many ways to improve your health through walking, visit www.walkinginlincs.co.uk/index.php to choose from hundreds of idyllic Lincolnshire walks.
Getting active through walking is really great for your physical health and emotional wellbeing. It not only reduces your risk of developing a number of health problems, including coronary heart disease, cancer and stroke, walking can also help you to relax, reduce stress and anxiety and improve your strength, flexibility and balance.