May is UK National Walking Month. Are you all geared up to get out into the great outdoors and reap the benefits? Living Streets a UK based charity are and have the evidence, too! Discover more about Living Streets and the events taking place this May in the UK.
Celebrating UK National Walking Month
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking is creating a walking nation; free from congested roads and pollution, reducing the risk of preventable illness and social isolation and making walking the natural choice. Believing that a walking nation means progress for everyone.
Their ambition is to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits of walking; what the simple act brings, and to ensure all our streets are fit for walking.
For more than 85 years they’ve been a beacon for walking. In the early days; the campaign led to the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits. Now the campaigns and local projects deliver real change to overcome barriers to walking; as well as groundbreaking initiatives such as the world’s biggest Walk to School campaign encouraging millions of people to walk.
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking, is urging the public to ‘Try20’ during National Walking Month this May. The campaign encourages people to walk for 20 minutes every day throughout May; and observe the big differences small steps can make.
Last year, Living Streets’ Try20 campaign saw thousands of people across the UK pledge to walk for 20 minutes a day. A follow-up survey in December found that 75 percent of pledgers were still walking for 20 minutes a day and reporting stories of weight loss, money saving, improved social life and increased fitness.
Living Streets recommends walking as a free, easy and fun way to improve your health. From a lower risk of contracting heart disease, certain cancers, depression and type 2 diabetes, to aiding weight loss and reducing feelings of stress and isolation.
This year, Living Streets will also be commissioning an extensive survey to try and find the best cities in the UK for walking judged on a range of criteria, including safety, air pollution and street clutter. A leader board will be announced in time for the launch of UK National Walking Month 2017.
Anyone across the UK will be able to ‘Rate their city walk’ throughout National Walking Month in an online quiz. The charity will then offer recommendations on action participants could take to make their city more walking-friendly.
- Try20 this May: add a 20-minute walk into your day. This small change makes a big difference to your health and wellbeing;
- 20 minutes of walking a day is a good step towards achieving 150 minutes of physical activity a week as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer;
- You don’t have to go out of your way to exercise: walk your daily journey to work, to the shops, or the school run – or skip a stop on public transport;
- Getting people out of their cars and onto their feet is part of the solution to the UK’s congestion and air pollution problems;
- ‘Rate your walk’ and help us improve spaces and create a walking nation where everyone can enjoy the benefits this simple act brings on streets that are fit for walking.
Key dates in UK National Walking Month
- 15 – 19 May: Walk to School Week – thousands of children across the UK celebrate the benefits walking brings.
- 16 May: Happy Shoesday – pupils, parents and teachers across the UK raise money for our walking projects, by wearing their happy shoes and donating £1.
Would you like to try Nordic Walking or be part of the largest walking festival in Europe on the Isle of Wight, discovering its hidden gems? There are lots of events to choose from taking place throughout the UK.
If you are visiting Scotland, there are some amazing places to explore, from beautiful rugged landscapes to beach coastal walks or perhaps you might like to tick off another Scottish Munro?
Happy Travels:) x