During May, which is National Walking Month, whether you decide to walk to work or simply head a bit further whilst taking the dog out, it all counts towards a healthy heart and healthier lifestyle by increasing energy, reducing stress and improving sleeping patterns.
Walking and exercise supports the latest government advice in relation to Covid-19 where you can exercise outdoors as often as you wish, although you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household. As with before, you cannot:
- visit friends and family in their homes
- exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
- use an outdoor gym or playground
- visit a private or ticketed attraction
- gather in a group of more than two (excluding members of your own household), except for a few specific exceptions set out in law (for work, funerals, house moves, supporting the vulnerable, in emergencies and to fulfil legal obligations)
If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
Walking is one of the cheapest and simplest forms of exercise that can have huge benefits for the heart. It can help to reduce blood pressure, tone muscles, strengthens your bones and can help to control your weight.
Walking can also help reduce your risk of developing heart disease – the UK’s biggest killer which causes around 82,000 deaths in UK each year. One hundred and fifty minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, such as a brisk walk, will not only have health benefits, it will also reduce stress and increase your general wellbeing.
Visit www.walkinginlincs.co.uk/index.php to choose from hundreds of idyllic Lincolnshire walks, and explore more about the benefits of walking and find a walking buddy in your area here www.walk4life.info/
There are a number of local walks which are part of the Walking for Health scheme and more information can be found by searching for Walking for Health on www.sholland.gov.uk or www.southkesteven.gov.uk – both have a range of walks for all abilities and everyone is welcome.
Dr Dave Baker, GP and South West Lincolnshire Locality Lead, Lincolnshire CCG said:
“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 reducing the risk of stroke, walking can also help you to relax, reduce stress and anxiety and improve your strength, flexibility and balance.”