Why walking is good for you

With benefits to your physical and mental health, there are loads of reasons why walking is good for you. If you are looking to increase your activity levels, walking is an easy way to get more active and become happier and healthier, whatever your age or ability. Not to mention, it’s free and easy to get started - all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes!

two people walking around a park

Because walking releases endorphins, those brain chemicals that make us feel good, even heading outside for a little stroll can help banish anxiety, reduce stress and shake off a bad mood. Walks also boost oxygen flow through your body and get your heart pumping, which can awaken your senses and leave you feeling more energised than your normal go-to coffee.

Walking is also great for your body. Just like any exercise, walking is good for you because it burns calories and improves your fitness. How much you burn depends how fast and far you walk, but even a little stroll helps. Not only that, but walking can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as high blood pressure and strokes as well as diabetes, high cholesterol and more.

If you’re looking to shape up, all you need to do is step up. That’s right, you don’t have to do squats and lunges to build up strength in your legs - walking up hills or steps can help make your legs toned and strong. When you’re ready to take things up a notch, you could try power walking too, or perhaps adding some wrist weights to increase the challenge of your walk.

Whether you do long or short walks, you’ll get the benefit and will be on the right foot to getting fitter, stronger and healthier. Find more of our top walking tips here.