Walking

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Walking small steps for a big difference

Gentle, low impact and free. Walking is a great form of exercise that’s suitable for all ages. The benefits of this simple activity are often overlooked, but adding walking to your day is proven to strengthen your heart, keep weight in check and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

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A guide on how to travel and stay active while social distancing.

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Tips for getting started

Some simple changes in your routine can add in those extra steps:



Consider your daily routine and try to think of some journeys where you could walk instead or even just some spare time that you could use to get out, clear your head and add in some extra steps.

What do you need?

A fitter you, starts with your feet!


The great thing about walking is that you don't really need anything to get started! However, a good pair of trainers will help make your walk pain free and encourage you to keep going for that little bit longer. If you move on to longer walks or hikes into the countryside, you may want to invest in some walking boots and a waterproof jacket.

Walking and running routes

The best route on foot is not always the same as you would take by bike or car. Whether you're taking your dog for a walk or going to do essential shopping, there are several walking routes you can take to explore your local area.


Why not plan your own route using Walk It or Plotaroute


You can also try out some pre-planned ones:



  • Find a walking/running route in your local area

  • Canal network – many of canal towpaths have been recently upgraded and there are plenty to choose from to explore.

Walking Apps

There are lots of apps available to help you build up your walking and running.



  • Active 10: This Public Health England app is a free walking tracker. It shows how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more. 

  • Couch to 5k: This NHS app is an app for absolute beginner level runners. It gradually builds people up to running 5k in just 9 weeks.

Challenges to keep you focused!

Just keep up the good work and make walking a habit! Research has shown even a ten-minute walk provides health benefits!


Have you got what it takes? Here are some challenges you can take part in:



  • #RoamSweetHome step challenge: Feel the joy of walking from a hike up the stairs, a stroll in the garden, to a wander in your local area. Join in on this step count challenge and share how much you've done on social media.


Whatever you wish to take part in, whether its a challenge, a personal goal, or your usual we would love to see your photos, experience or even a short video of you carrying out your daily exercise.


Hop onto Twitter and start sharing using #WalkingFromHome


Get your family moving too


Walking the kids to school will help your whole family get more exercise. Living Streets and Transport for West Midlands are working in partnership to help get kids walking to school. If you would like to get your school involved please contact David Hackney at Living Streets.

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Make this your Big Summer of Cycling and Walking. There’s never been a better time to cycle and walk around the West Midlands than right now - so, get your roll and get your stroll on!

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