National Walking Month

National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month! A month which aims to celebrate the benefits which come with using regular walking as a form of exercise.

Walking is something which most of us do every day. Whether that be just from your car to your office or a mile’s walk around the local park you’re still walking daily. It’s often seen as a low impact exercise and that’s why it’s a great starting point for encouraging people to incorporate exercise into their lives. Furthermore, walking is a type of cardiovascular exercise meaning that it is great for both your heart and respiratory system. Not only does it improve your circulation, but it can also improve your lung capacity. This makes it easier for you to engage in more strenuous exercise in the future, providing you carry on walking after National Walking month has finished.

Due to the health benefits which come with walking, National Walking Month is supported by the British Heart Foundation, as they want to raise awareness of the health benefits which come with regular walking.

Health benefits of regular walking.

As stated above, regular walking improves circulation and lung capacity and therefore increases your ability to perform strenuous regular exercise. Getting regular exercise and staying healthy is good for you mentally as it helps to improve your self-esteem and outlook on life. Not only this, but it’s also a great way to lose weight and improve your overall physical health.

We are frequently told that being overweight is bad for your health, but this passing statement is often overlooked. However, ongoing research into the effects of being overweight or obese has flagged up some major life threatening issues. We must take these illnesses seriously. These people are much more likely to develop type two diabetes or cardiovascular disease as they approach their senior years. However those who have a BMI of above 35 may even see these effects much earlier on in life.

Cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest killers in the UK; a massive one in four British citizens die each year as a result of it. Only 21% of these deaths had a direct link to the deceased’s weight. That means this same 21% could have been avoided with a simple lifestyle change.

It is important to note that cardiovascular disease can be prevented!

A simple lifestyle change can alter your chances of developing this life threatening illness in the future. And that is where National Walking Month comes in. If for one month you try to walk briskly for just a small amount of time per day you are much more likely to keep it up for the rest of the year. By increasing your activity levels you can help to reduce your weight. This will help you on your way to a healthy heart!

Where does Sunshine Gym come in?

Sunshine Gym aim to promote a healthy and active lifestyle. Therefore we try to encourage taking part in as much outdoor physical activity as possible. Walking is a great start and can be both fun and beneficial. Due to the nature of this activity walking is perfect for large groups, making it a great social activity. Thus allowing you to get active and lose weight, without even realising it! Not only can walking provide a fun activity for you and a group of friends but it is also a fun, free and flexible activity which fits into your lifestyle no matter how hectic.

This idea of fun, free and flexible physical activity is something that Sunshine Gym also promote, and our Health Walker is a great piece of equipment which mimics the activity of walking. The low resistance piece of equipment allows you to set your own pace, and the action though mimicking walking does in fact have a much smaller impact on you knee and ankle joints, therefore making it a great place for those trying to make drastic lifestyle change.