national walking month
As this year's National Walking Month draws to a close, I've been reflecting on what this May was like for me, for Living Streets, and for all those who received our #Try20 message loud and clear - that walking for just 20 minutes a day holds so many long-term health benefits.
Walking is as simple as it gets - it's free, it's easy and you don't need anything to get going. Whether it's a long stroll in the countryside or a twenty minute break at lunch, walking gives us space to breathe, relax and think more clearly.
Just walk for 20 minutes a day and wake up to the wonders that walking can do for your health. The NHS recommends that all adults do a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity a week and walking can form part of this - it's easy, accessible and inexpensive. Walking uses more than 200 muscles in your body and can have a lasting impact on your physical and mental health.
2015 was the year of the adult colouring book. Their popularity caused a spike in sales of physical titles as they sold in their millions, providing stocking fillers and Secret Santa gifts nationwide. Bestseller lists remain full of them well into 2016: wild flowers, swear words, Jeremy Corbyn - you name it, you can colour it in.
Walking up to 30 minutes burns up to 130 calories, not to mention helps you relax. Next time you have a stressful day at work, instead of hopping on the bus stick those headphones in and enjoy a brisk walk home, it will even help you work up an appetite for dinner!