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.
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
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