With national walking month running through May, Doncaster Council is encouraging residents to get out of the car, put on their comfiest shoes and go for a walk.
Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help to build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier. And you don’t need to buy expensive walking gear to get started, any shoes or trainers that are comfortable, provide adequate support and don't cause blisters will do.
Nigel Ball, Doncaster Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, says: “Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. And for older people regular walking can also help to maintain stronger bones. You can get more active by taking part in a walk anywhere in Doncaster, whether it’s your local park, a stroll to the shops or taking advantage of the wonderful scenery within our town. Whether it’s the Trans Pennine Trail, a ramble around Cusworth Hall or Conisbrough Castle, Doncaster provides a feast of opportunities to get up and go for a walk.”
“A good walk can do wonders for your mental health too, with physically active people having a 30% reduced risk of suffering from depression. A walk can improve self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.”
There are plenty of ways to build walking into your daily routine:
- walking for short journeys can help improve congestion and reduce air pollution
- get off the bus a stop early – it could be cheaper and is better for your health
- using the stairs instead of the lift
- catch up with friends for a quick walk in your local park
- download the One You Active 10 walking app for ways to build 10 minutes of extra walking into your daily routine
- try out a pedometer app for your phone, you might be surprised how quickly you can build up your number of daily steps
As part of the Get Doncaster Moving programme the council organises a series of free guided weekly walks that are open to all. These short walks are perfect for those who would like to become more active or perhaps lack the confidence and knowledge about where to walk. There are walks to suit all abilities and they’re all free of charge.
If you prefer slightly longer walks there are also groups such as the Doncaster Ramblers that meet on a regular basis and everyone is welcome. From 26 May - 3 June, Doncaster Ramblers will be holding a Walking Festival, with 27 walks taking place over the 9-day period.
For details of local walking routes and council-led walks visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/walking
For details of the Doncaster Ramblers Walking Festival visit www.doncasterramblers.org.uk
- Category: Health & wellbeing