04 May 2018

After a long, cold winter we could all do with feeling the sun on our backs and getting the fresh air into our lungs. And in May there’s no excuse not to get out and about – the days are longer and warmer, and it’s National Walking Month.

National Walking Month is organised by Living Streets, a charity that is working to create safe, attractive streets built around the needs of people rather than cars. Not surprisingly, health organisations across the country are also behind the initiative.

Paul Steele, Engagement, Involvement, Communications and Patient Experience Lead at NHS St Helens CCG said: “Regular walking improves heart health, reduces blood pressure and burns calories. Just a 20-minute walk can boost your mood if you are feeling low.

“Stamina and flexibility will improve, your mood will be brighter and you will sleep better. Getting out and about in your local community is also a really good way to reconnect with people. Studies suggest that it can take as little as 18 days to develop a new habit, so taking part in National Walking Month could give you the push you need to develop a healthy new mindset.”

Each May, Living Streets encourages people to put more steps into their day and reclaim the streets by walking their short everyday journeys. The school run is a good example, which is why the charity has made Monday 21 May to Friday 25 May Walk to School Week.

For more information on how to get involved in National Walking Month activities in your area, how to plan your own, and how to download the Public Health England ‘One You’ app to help you track your progress, visit the National Walking Month website: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/national-walking-month-2018