Walking facts and advice

Incorporating walking into your daily routine is simple and has some really positive personal benefits. Besides being great for overall health and well being, walking:

  • reduces the cost of your travel
  • is better for the environment than mechanized transport
  • is shown to give economic benefits to local communities

Change4Life has many simple ideas and tips to help you easily incorporate walking into your daily routine.

Health benefits of walking

If you walk at a moderate pace, walking is a great form of aerobic exercise, without the stress you put on your joints when jogging or running. Cardiovascular activity that increases your heart rate (like walking) is good for your heart and lungs, for improving muscle tone and reducing body fat.

Regular walking can reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and because walking increases bone density it can lower the risk of osteoporosis. Walking is also excellent for relieving stress, helping you sleep better and improving your mood.

Learn more about the benefits of walking to your health on the NHS website and Walking for Health pages.

Page last updated: 24 January 2018