Let’s get walking – May is National Walking Month

Author
Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Article date
28 April 2017
Primary interest
Hobbies and Leisure

National Walking Month is a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what your level of fitness is. Walking is simple and free and one of the easiest ways to be more active, lose weight and become healthier.

A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. But it’s not just about the occasional one-off feel good factor. Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing.

It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed, and staying active helps those who are depressed to recover.

In older people, staying active can improve cognitive function, memory, attention and processing speed, and reduce the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.

More about the Living Street National Walking Month and how you can get involved.

Find out if there is a Health Walk near you in Reading.

Join Brighter Berkshire Walk and Talk on Saturday 6 May in Reading town centre to connect with others and raise awareness that 2017 is a Year of Mental Health in Berkshire.