Start walking more as part of National Walking Month

Published: Monday 1st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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May is National Walking Month. We spoke to Community Sports Development Officer, Gavin Coates, to find out the benefits of staying active.

The Sports Development Service for Hull Culture and Leisure runs a variety of physical activities to encourage sport across the city.

“These activities take place at local parks, community centres and spaces,” explains Gavin. “Try It sessions aim to help individuals get set up and ready to participate in a range of activities, including skateboarding, angling, and of course our health walks.”

The Health Walks take place every Tuesday from 10am around a different park in Hull. Each month, there will be a weekly walk around Pearson Park, East Park, Noddle Hill Nature Reserve and Oak Road Playing Fields. An additional Sunday walk also takes place monthly.

“It’s absolutely free, you just turn up, join the group and fill out a registration form,” Gavin tells us. “You can walk for 10-60 minutes around the park, depending on the group, and enjoy yourself whilst exercising.”

In general, walking more can help reduce your risk of contracting weight-related conditions, such as diabetes and cardiac problems. Gavin explains that the Health Walks offer a plethora of health benefits, both mentally and physically:

“Staying active for a few minutes a day and increasing your heart rate can significantly improve your physical health. Meanwhile, just getting out of your house and into the park can have a huge impact on your mental wellbeing.”

The Health Walks in particular provide a community of friendly people in a relaxed environment: “This can really help to combat social isolation that many of us experience,” Gavin continues.

“Our walks have brought people together from across Hull. These people probably wouldn’t have met or made friends otherwise.”

Getting into these healthy habits doesn’t have to be taxing either:

“A great way to get a few more steps under your belt is by getting off the bus a couple of stops earlier,” Gavin maintains.

“You could also leave your car at home. From various places in Hull, town is about 30-40 minutes’ on foot. Choose to walk instead of taking the bus or driving in.”

Gavin is also a fan of online apps when it comes to increasing fitness levels. He recommends the Walk It app, which allows you to quickly and easily plan out routes when taking a stroll.

The Walk It website offers a range of tips and tricks for being more mobile. It also tells you how long a walk will take at your specific pace.

So what are you waiting for? National Walking Month starts today, and now that the sun is shining, there’s no excuse to avoid the great outdoors.

You can find out more about the Health Walks through the Active Hull Facebook page or the Hull Culture and Leisure website.

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Published: Monday 1st May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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