Walk this May

How to walk more during National Walking Month

May is National Walking Month. Organised by UK charity Living Streets as a way of getting more people on their feet, it’s the perfect opportunity to go on a walking holiday in the spring sunshine. With the benefits of walking so well documented, we’re supporting the initiative and encouraging everyone to put their best foot forward this May. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or prefer a gentler stroll, we’ve a walk for you. What’s more, to encourage you outdoors, we’ve a range of great savings, up to £50 off per person, on walking holidays this May as well. And if that isn’t enough to get you on your feet, perhaps the following will spur you into action…

The many health benefits of walking

‘Walking is a man’s best medicine’ Hippocrates

  • Walking helps to burn calories and increase metabolism, keeping you fit and healthy
  • Walking aids improved mental health, boosting endorphins and elevating your mood
  • Fresh air helps you to de-stress while exposure to the sun increases Vitamin D levels
  • Walking fights dementia, cuts the risk of dying from cancer and helps your heart
  • Walking uses more than 200 muscles; travelling on two feet improves posture and tones your body

More reasons to walk this May (and every month)

  • Walking for just 20 minutes burns up to 100 calories
  • Walking is preferable to jogging as it’s low intensity and puts less stress on your joints
  • Almost 9 out of 10 people who walked reported an improvement in their mood
  • Walking is environmentally friendly and a great carbon buster
  • Walking is sociable and allows you time to talk and be together with people

Our top 7 tips for walking more

  • Walk before breakfast as a great way to kick off the day
  • Walk to work, or hop off the train/bus early and finish your journey on foot
  • Walk and talk instead of sitting down with a friend; it’s easier to have a meaningful conversation 'al fresco' rather than 'aldesko'
  • Make walking a habit and plan it into your daily routine; add a short walk to your coffee run, trip to pick up a newspaper or other regular activity
  • Sign up to a challenge – walk the Welsh 3000s, summit the Three Peaks or walk coast to coast - there are loads of long distance treks to stretch yourself on
  • Set yourself a target such as munro bagging, completing the Mont Blanc Circuit or walking the Wainwrights – if you’re working toward a goal you’re much more likely to achieve it
  • Plan a walking holiday and explore a new destination on foot – it’s a great way to get to know a destination and the most immersive way of exploring that you can have.