10/05/2024

Walk This May: Why You Should Step Out in London This Month 

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There’s an old saying: The simple things in life are often the best.

And when it comes to exercise, what could be simpler than putting one foot in front of the other?

While there are countless ways to get fit, nothing matches the ease and accessibility of walking.

You can do it at home or on holiday, by yourself or with friends, and if you’re pressed for time, you can even tick off a few errands, such as shopping or posting a letter en route.

And best of all, it’s free. No membership fees or fancy kits are required, although comfortable shoes will help.

As May is National Walking Month, the charity Living Streets is urging people to #Try20. To participate, just walk for 20 minutes a day in May.

Here are some tips to help you along the way.

Focus on the physical benefits: Walking is good for your heart, bones and waistline. If your motivation wanes, think about the health benefits.

Consider your mental health: Walking briskly for 20 minutes a day can cut your risk of developing depression by a third. To really boost your endorphins, head to your nearest park or woods to walk in nature.

Be flexible: Squeeze those steps in where you can. Take a wander during your lunch break, or get off the bus or train early and walk the final stretch to your office.

Meet a friend: Instead of meeting your mates at the pub, arrange to go for a walk. You’ll be so busy chatting you’ll quickly clock up the miles.

Take a board(room) walk: Walking increases blood flow to the brain, so it can be a great way to ramp up your creativity. Swap soulless meeting rooms for brainstorming with colleagues on a walk.

Support local businesses: Walking is good for neighbourhoods. You’re more likely to pop into a shop or buy a coffee if you’re walking instead of driving (urban planners call this the ‘pedestrian pound’). Include a stop-off at your local café on your next walk and support the local economy.

Why not give #Try20 a go? Take it one step at a time, and who knows where walking will take you.

This post was written by:

Steven Herd

Steven's extensive 30 years of estate agency experience in London culminated in launching MyLondonHome, which has enabled him to bring together a hand-picked team to provide the high level of quality advice, market strength and service he is renowned for.

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