May is National Walking Month, and with the evenings getting lighter and the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, it’s time to appreciate the outdoors and get walking! Walking has so many health benefits, both mentally and physically. Check out our Health Benefits of Hiking post to find out more!

1. Walk to Work

If your work is too far away – then try to walk part of your commute. Try to find a car park a little out of the city, or location of your workplace, and walk the rest of the way in. You’ll feel better for it!

2. Take the Stairs

Instead of taking the lift or elevator, take the stairs instead! Not only will you burn more calories, but you’ll tone up those leg muscles too!

3. Go On An Adventure!

Grab your friends and family and enjoy a day out in the countryside! Explore your local area on a day hike, or go on a walking tour of your local town!

4. Take the Long Way Round

Are you walking home from work, or walking back from the shops? Why not explore your local area and take the scenic route home? Aim to add an extra 20-30 minutes to your regular walk.

5. Try a Walking Meeting

Do you have an upcoming 1-2-1 or work meeting? Why not take it outside and turn it into a walking meeting. Walking helps to improve oxygen flow to the brain – making you more productive and can improve your overall cognitive function!

6. Set Yourself a Goal

Set yourself a goal throughout the month of May – whether this be to walk 10,000 steps a day or to complete a 10-minute power walk every day.

7. Enjoy a Lunchtime Stroll

Going outside for a walk during your lunch break can help you to be more productive for the rest of the day, as well as adding to your daily step count!

8. Sign Up to A Trekking Challenge!

Having a long-term goal in mind, such as taking on our trekking challenge, TrekFest, will keep you motivated to walk on a regular basis to make sure you are prepared for your charity hike!

For more information on National Walking Month, and how you can get involved – head over to www.livingstreets.org.uk

 

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