It’s official that walking is good for both our physical and mental health. As well as being one of the most popular physical activities in the world, it is a cost free, gentle, low-impact activity that does not require special training or equipment and can fit around our daily schedules.
Whilst it may be low impact, don’t underestimate the impact it can have on your health and fitness! Walking can help reduce blood pressure, increase your stamina, reduce stress and anxiety and help you relax and switch off.
Here are 5 tips from the Get Out, Get Active team to help increase your step count:
- Join one of our GOGA Step Challenges for staff- these occur monthly and the next step challenge will be w/c 1st March. Read more about the February Step Challenge here.
- Don’t worry if you can’t or don’t have time to get outside for a walk, you can do laps of your garden or your flat/house. This is a great way to get some steps in between meetings or study/work.
- Use this time to explore your local area- we have two free walking guides to help you plan your next outdoor adventure. 10 must see parks in Leeds and 5 great walks in Leeds.
- Replicate your commute to work or university with a quick walk before or after work. It will set you up for the working day and allow you time to unwind afterwards.
- Steps span beyond just walking- other ways of getting steps include gardening, household chores, shopping, dancing and aerobic workouts. Remember that it doesn’t have to be a formal walk!