With the weather getting nicer, there is no better time to start walking more. Since my older daughter got a place at a local school, we have happily said a goodbye to driving to school. That was sadly the only option (for nearly 3 years) to manage two school runs with 2 schools more than 5 miles apart.
Not only I feel much better starting the day while walking with my younger one, but this also helps with less congestion at the school gates.
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is asking the public to ‘Try20’ during National Walking Month this May. The campaign encourages people to walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May and observe the big differences small steps can make.
We love walking and often go for longer walks at the weekend. This photo was taken last July, when girls were cooling down in a stream after a long walk along the canal. Nothing can beat a bit of fresh air, exercising with your family. Just look at the happy faces!
It will be the third year Living Streets has run its #Try20 campaign. In previous years, people who have pledged to walk for 20 minutes a day reported stories of weight loss, money saving, improved social life and increased fitness. The charity offers tips on how to fit 20 minutes of walking into busy daily lives and share stories of those who have experienced the benefits of walking more.
Health experts recommend a brisk daily walk as an easy way to improve your health. Walking has been shown to reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, depression and Type 2 diabetes. In fact, increased levels of walking and cycling could even save the NHS £17 billion pounds over the course of 20 years.
In addition to their #Try20 campaign, Living Streets are also encouraging parents and carers of school-aged children to walk their child to school during Walk to School Week (21 – 25 May 2018). Parents who sign up will be given advice and tips on how they can work with their school and council to improve the walk to school.
A generation ago, 70 percent of children walked to school, now it’s dropped to just over half. Living Streets believes walking to school is part of the solution to many of society’s growing problems, including air pollution, physical inactivity and childhood obesity.
Try20 this May:
- add a 20-minute walk into your day. This small change makes a big difference to your health and wellbeing
- 20 minutes of walking a day is a good step towards achieving 150 minutes of physical activity a week as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer
- You don’t have to go out of your way to exercise: walk your daily journey to work, to the shops, or the school run
- Follow #Try20 throughout May for regular tips on how to walk more
- Help us reverse the decline in children walking to school by taking part in Walk to School Week
For more information, visit www.livingstreets.org.uk/nwm and follow #Try20 @livingstreets on Twitter.
Did you know that I also used to walk and then power-walk before I started running marathons? Leading by example is the best gift you can give to your little ones.