Walking for Health

Join them for a walk today, just turn up and join in!  All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes!

PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR TO SEE WHICH WALKS ARE HAPPENING AT THIS TIME- please contact walking@westberks.gov.uk if you have any questions

West Berkshire has 12 regular led health walks for people of all abilities, especially those who are inactive or do little physical activity. Their walks are friendly, welcoming and empowering, they are a great opportunity to explore the outdoors, discover new places and meet new people. Their specially trained volunteers provide encouragement, support and make sure no one gets left behind.

There are walks in the Hungerford, Kintbury, Greenham, Theale, Englefield Estate, Kintbury, Snelsmore and more…..

Benefits of Walking for Health

Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise

NHS Recommendations

Adults should do some type of physical activity every day. Exercise just once or twice a week can reduce the risk of heart disease or stroke.

Speak to your GP first if you have not exercised for some time, or if you have medical conditions or concerns. Make sure your activity and its intensity are appropriate for your fitness.

Adults should aim to:

  • do strengthening activities that work all the major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms) on at least 2 days a week
  • do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week
  • spread exercise evenly over 4 to 5 days a week, or every day
  • reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity

You can also achieve your weekly activity target with:

  • several short sessions of very vigorous intensity activity
  • a mix of moderate, vigorous and very vigorous intensity activity

These guidelines are also suitable for:

  • disabled adults
  • pregnant women and new mothers

When you start exercising after pregnancy, make sure your physical activity choices reflect your activity levels before pregnancy. You should include strength training.

After your 6- to 8-week postnatal check, you can start to do more intense activities if you feel you’re able to. Vigorous activity is not recommended if you were inactive before pregnancy.

Walking in a group is a great way to start walking, make new friends and stay motivated.

 

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