Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy, so it’s not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days. Sitting down at work and commuting by car or public transport means we’re not active for a lot of the working day and technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without ever having to leave the sofa.

The good news is that you don’t have to wear sports kit or start an expensive fitness programme to get the benefits of an active lifestyle – brisk walking counts too! Just building a ten minute brisk walk into your day gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Whether you’re walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking the dog for a walk, there are lots of ways you can fit a ten minute brisk walk into your life.

May is Living Streets’ National Walking Month. The charity for everyday walking is encouraging people to #Try20, that’s walk for 20 minutes every day during May. They want us all to experience the health benefits that walking brings to our mental and physical health and have 20 tips to help us fit more walking into the short journeys we make.

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The charity also want to get an idea of how walking is shaping up around the country and how walking friendly our local environments are. Take their Rate your Walk quiz and join the conversation @livingstreets #rateyourwalk – there’s a city break to be won!

If you want to get the younger members of your family involved, why not join in with Walk To School Week, which will be running 15th – 19th May. It’s a fantastic opportunity to give children an opportunity to exercise, and means less pollution and congestion around the school gates.

National Walking Month is a great way to Move More this May, and to take positive steps on the way to a better You.

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