What is the National Walking Month?
In less than two weeks’ time, the annual National Walking Month will begin. The National Walking month is created to encourage people to walk more.
This year, Living Streets is encouraging everyone to #Try20 minutes of walking each day in May. Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve both mental and physical health, and a 20 minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions such as depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. It is a form of exercise that has often been overlooked on its benefits.
Check the NHS guidance for more details on how walking can benefit your health.
Who organized it?
Living Streets is a UK charity organization who is organizing the National Walking Month in May. They aim to revitalise and motivate everyone to walk their journeys instead of driving.
Other than hosting the National Walking Month, they have also introduced Walk To School Week 2022 between the 16th May to the 20th May this year, encouraging children to walk to school.
Where is it?
The National Walking Month last for the entire month in May.
You do not have to be in a certain place to do so, simply do it in the area that you live in! After doing a 20 minute walk, you can post it on your social media to engage with the organization and other people who has joined, learning about their journeys.
When posting on social media, be sure to use the hashtags such as #WalkThisMay and #Try20!
How can you participate National Walking Month?
Living Streets has produced a #Try20 checklist that shows you different activities you could do on your 20 minute walk a day challenge. Download and print it out so you could tick it as you go.
To make your 20 minute of walking more interesting, they have also put out 20 tips to help fit to your 20 minutes of walking a day. It is a great way to start your 20 minute walk challenge.
Why should you get involved?
The #Try20 minute walk a day challenge is a great cause that encourages you to swap a short drive for a short walk. Other than getting health benefits, you are also helping to reduce air pollution, congestion, and road danger, whilst saving money and getting active in the process!
Other than to encourage more people get active, this challenge is a great way for everyone to rebuild their daily habits. We are already immobile at our office desks most of the day and most of the time we get home, so why not try to walk to work, or to your local grocery shop for a change?