Walking your way to good health

We all know that taking more exercise would be good for our health but can sometimes find it difficult to get started – especially if it’s a been a while since the last time or if you’re recovering from illness.

And that’s where High Peak Walking for Health’s new walks in Buxton and New Mills can help.

Walking is one of the easiest steps individuals can take to achieve the recommended 30 minutes exercise five times a week and the introduction of these new guided walks, supported by High Peak Borough Council, means there’s never been a better time to get started.

The Buxton Health Walks take place every Wednesday at midday from Buxton Leisure Centre and every Friday at 9.30am from New Bodies gym in Fairfield and the New Mills walk happens every Monday at midday from Ventura Court.

The programme has been awarded accreditation by ‘Walking the Way to Health’ – a joint initiative between Natural England and the British Heart Foundation.

Councillor Godfrey Claff, executive member with responsibility for sports and leisure, said: “These free walks are the perfect way for people to re-introduce themselves to gentle exercise and they are open to all – the Friday walk in Buxton is buggy-friendly so everyone really can get involved.

“They combine the chance to improve your health with the opportunity to enjoy some of the High Peak’s most beautiful countryside and open spaces.”

Some of benefits of walking include:

  • Reducing the chance of a heart attack or stroke
  • Reducing the chance of certain cancers
  • Helping you lose a stone in two to three months
  • Reducing stress and depression and helping you sleep better
  • Reducing your chances of contracting diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis

For more information about Walking for Health in the High Peak contact Mary Jones on 07879 848292, email her at mary.jones@highpeak.gov.uk or visit www.highpeak.gov.uk/hp/walks-for-health

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HPBC Media Release Contact: Carolyn Sanders – Media Relations Manager

Press Office: 0845 129 7777 ext 4691 or 07595 270937

Email: carolyn.sanders@highpeak.gov.uk

Web:  www.highpeak.gov.uk

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2 thoughts on “Walking your way to good health

  1. Reblogged this on accessthedales and commented:
    The Great outdoors should be available to everyone, this is why I am trying to raise money to by all terrain wheelchairs for use in various locations around the country. Now the money has been raised for tramper for Malham Tarn, I am beginning to investigate the possibilities of finding funds to buy a terrain hopper for use in the Lincolnshire Wolds.
    Even if your mobility is poor getting outside into the countryside promotes good health

  2. Absolutely agree with this article and great to see walking being promoted as a free and easy way to improve general health and fitness. The Peak District is a fantastic resource that can be accessed by a huge range of people and in many cases, walking will be far more enjoyable and beneficial experience than joining a gym. It’s pleasing to see that the range of High Peak walks also includes buggy friendly ones.

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