Welcome to Active Nation’s National Walking Month blog post for 2023!
We’re excited to celebrate this month by encouraging everyone to get up and get walking.
May is a time to promote the benefits of walking for physical health, mental well-being, and enjoying the fresh air outdoors. What better way to celebrate than by organising your own walk and raising money for a cause close to your heart?
One of our team members, Lesley Aitken, knows firsthand how beneficial walking can be for your health. At 54, she finds walking a flexible way to stay active and maintain a healthy heart. Lesley enjoys walking on a treadmill at one of our Active Nation venues or in nature. She also finds doing Active Nation Anywhere’s Stretch & Recovery class after a long walk the perfect compliment to her strength training. Lesley enjoys observing nature and the changes around her while walking.
Research shows that even small amounts of physical activity can make a significant difference to our health. In fact, just 11 minutes of daily activity could prevent one in 10 premature deaths. Although most people don’t manage to do the recommended 150 minutes of exercise per week, doing some exercise is better than doing nothing. Even doing half the recommended amount could prevent one in 20 cases of cardiovascular disease and nearly one in 30 cases of cancer.
Join us in telling inactivity to take a hike this May! Let’s get moving and celebrate National Walking Month.
Stretching after your walk is just as important as the walk itself. It can help reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness, as well as improve your flexibility and range of motion. If you’re not sure where to start with stretching, why not try one of Active Nation Anywhere’s Stretch and Recovery classes? These classes are designed to help you stretch out your muscles and improve your flexibility, making it easier for you to keep up with your walking routine.
If you’re not already a member of Active Nation Anywhere, now is the perfect time to try it out. With a one-month free trial, you can access all of their classes, including Stretch and Recovery, from the comfort of your own home.
Let’s make this National Walking Month the best one yet by encouraging everyone to get active, get outside, and enjoy all the benefits that walking can bring. Your heart, brain, muscles, and mood will thank you for it.
Join us in making a difference to inactivity and premature deaths just by walking daily!
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