May is National Walking Month

A great way to keep active and fit

Walking is a great way to keep active. It is simple, free and easy to squeeze into your day. This May, why not take to your feet for National Walking Month? You don’t need to walk for hours to feel the benefit: simple changes like taking the stairs instead of a lift, or walking to the next bus stop all help to add more steps to your day.

And if for whatever reason you can’t take to your feet, get active however you can, and feel the benefits of gentle movement this May.

Gentle exercise is a great way to:

•    Reduce tiredness 
•    Improve a bad mood
•    Reduce anxiety
•    Strengthen your muscles, joints and bones
•    Look after your heart 

Across England and Scotland the WEA have a wide range of Health and Wellbeing courses that support you to achieve your goals. We have chair based exercises, walking groups, yoga and meditations as well as a variety of non-competitive sports and fitness classes. Examples include a walking group in Winscombe or this walking/running group in Carlisle.

To find out what’s near you enter your post code in the search below and choose Health and Lifestyle courses from the Be Inspired menu. So what are you waiting for: change into something comfy and get moving. 

If you want to get going straight away, the NHS website has some great examples of low impact exercises, so this month challenge yourself to move a little more.

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