It’s time to lace up those walking boots and get out and about to celebrate National Walking Month.
Now the nights are getting longer – and lighter and the weather seems to be improving, there’s little excuse for not embracing the great outdoors and making the time for a nice walk.
As a form of exercise, walking is often overlooked and very under rated. Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It’s also a great way to clear your head and improve your mental well-being. Walking improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it also helps to reduce stress, anxiety and fatigue.
And the good news is that you don’t necessarily have to walk for hours either to enjoy the benefits that walking brings. A brisk 10-minute daily walk, as well as being easy to fit into even the busiest of days has lots of health benefits. By walking briskly you can help build up your stamina, burn excess calories and it can also make your heart healthier too.
With beautiful and varied scenery, we are blessed to have some of the nicest and most interesting places to walk right here on our doorstep. There are also a number of fabulous walks planned throughout the year, so if you are feeling more adventurous then take a look at the following walking events taking place locally:
Ulverston Walkfest 2019 – runs till the 6th May
Celebrating its 20th year, Ulverston's WalkFest offers 10 days of walks and events and entertainment.
There are over 30 walks and events in around Ulverston and the South Lakes area for all abilities.
Walk programmes available in retail outlets and libraries.
For more details head to www.ulverstonwalkfest.co.uk
You could spend the month of May walking regularly, building yourself up to take on one of the charity walks that are taking place later on in the year. St. Mary’s Hospice Walk to Remember takes place on Friday 5th July and CancerCare’s Annual Cross Bay Challenge returns on Sunday 28th July. Not only will you be fitter and healthier – you’ll be raising money and awareness for some fabulous charities too.
So, put your best foot forward and embrace National walking Month and enjoy the benefits that walking regularly can bring.