GPs in west Hampshire are supporting a campaign to get people walking more.
Physical activity has a positive impact on health and happiness and even small changes can make a big difference.
Sitting for long periods of time can cause premature aging and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression. The only thing that can prevent this damage is being more active!
Walking is also a great opportunity to meet new people and help with your mental as well as physical health. Getting out and meeting people face to face helps with local connections, provides opportunities to get to know your neighbourhood better and to make new friends.
And it’s not all about big walks in the country, or walking lots of miles. You can start at your own pace, with a few minutes of additional walking and then increase this over time. You could walk to the shops, get off the bus a stop earlier or park the car further away from work. All these things can help increase your activity levels and will have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing.
If you’ve not been very active, you can speak to your GP or practice nurse about how you can increase the amount of walking you do every day and they can give you advice about what is appropriate for you.
Don’t just take our word for it. You can see lots of information here about the benefits of walking:
Monitor your steps
You could think about some support for walking by considering an app for your phone. There are lots available and can help with monitoring your activity levels.
You could also think about a pedometer – which you can also get on your phone – so you can count your steps each day and see how you are improving.
You can download a number of pedometers from the Apple app store or Google Play for your own mobile device.
Here are some links to resources which also might help you:
Where you live
There are lots of local groups who can help you get out and about more, and your local authority has a lot of information that you can use.
Click on your local area to find out what resources they have that you can use: