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Walking

Walking has big all-round benefits on health.

Why walk?

Walking is the most accessible of all leisure activities - after all, you can do it anytime, anywhere, with no equipment from your front doorstep or on the upper slopes of Kinder Scout.

We all need to walk at some time just to get around, but doing so that extra bit more can do wonders for your health - even regular short strolls have proven benefits.

Whether it's the kids walking to school, an organised walk, taking part in a one-off event or someone who prefers a serious hike, there are ample opportunities across Derbyshire for you to get involved.

It's also a very sociable pursuit too. Many people have met lifelong friends through walking - and you can do so too.

Benefits of walking

Watch this video on why you should leave the car at home and get walking.

The facts don't lie

The Chief Medical Officer (department for health 2011) recommends 150 minutes moderate intensity activity each week for adults, at least 60 minutes each day for children (over five) and three hours activity each day for under-5s, alongside activities to strengthen muscles.

Research also shows that an inactive person spends 37% more days in hospital and visits the doctor 5.5% more times than an active person (Sari 2008), while people over 50 who are physically active enjoy between 1.1 and 3.7 more "quality life years" than average (Heron & Bradshaw 2010).

Walking can burn as many calories as football.

Burn calories like you're playing football

Walking one mile in 20 minutes can burn up at least 100kcal/420kJ of energy, as much as swimming for 10 minutes, playing football for 12 minutes or doing aerobics for 16 minutes (Morris and Hardman 1997).

Regular brisk walking will improve performance of the heart, lungs and circulation, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, strokes, Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, improve flexibility and strength and boost the immune system.

It also improves mood, self-image, reduces anxiety and aids sleep (Department of Health 2004, Mind 2008, Walking the Way to Health 2009).

Put your best foot forward

If you're looking to put your best foot forward by starting to walk, let us help you on your journey.

Whether you are a beginner, are looking for new opportunities to improve, are looking for a fresh challenge or an event, want to compete at an elite level or feel you can help lead walking sessions, click on the relevant link for appropriate guidance.

You can also view a selection of Derbyshire Walking routes and see details anout the National Forest Walking Festival taking place in May 2016.