Benefits

Walking is good for your heart and lungs, improving cardiovascular fitness.

You can get major health benefits from relatively mild exercise, as long as you do enough and do it regularly.

Regular walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis.

Walking will increase your muscle tone and increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs. It will help reduce cholesterol, boost metabolism, and improve the health of bones. Ease stress, raise your energy levels and improve sleep. Combined this can also help you reduce body fat and lose weight.

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Sonning Common Health Walks

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The 'Health Walks' project was set up by Dr William Bird, a GP in the village of Sonning Common in Oxfordshire. The aim of the project was to improve people's fitness, both in body and mind, by encouraging them to use their local countryside for walking. Together with Val Lunn, a local fitness instructor, Dr William Bird promoted the project which has now grown into a very successful scheme that has been adopted nationwide.

Why Should I Walk?

Walking is good for you. It has many health benefits - for example it helps prevent heart disease, reduces cholesterol and blood pressure, relieves depression and anxiety, reduces stress, helps with weight management / obesity, and helps with diabetes. You can walk as part of a group, thus reducing fears of walking alone. You meet new people, and make new friends. You get out into the countryside, where you can enjoy the fresh air. See here for more benefits.

Will I find It Easy?

Walks are graded by distance, and difficulty of hills and stiles, and most of them have some cross-country element - so please make sure you wear suitable clothing. To help along the way, all walks are led by trained volunteer leaders, who will look after your individual needs.

How Fast Do I Need To Walk?

Walk at your own pace, but you should stretch yourself enough to feel slightly warmer, to raise your heart rate slightly, and to make yourself breathe faster - but not enough to stop you holding a normal conversation! One of our leaders will walk with you to ensure you never lose your way.

What Does It Cost?

It's FREE, so join our Daily Walks today - browse our timetable, for the right walk for you.