Walking for Health is England’s Largest Network of Health Walks
Active Devon supports the Walking Health Network and over the years we have encouraged thousands of people across Devon to walk more and lead a more active lifestyle.
Walking Can Make a Difference to Your Health & Wellbeing
Walking is really good for us. It’s a low impact exercise, so it’s easy for you to get involved, even if you’re not feeling your best. In fact, it could help you feel much better. It can help improve mental and physical wellbeing, making us feel happier and healthier.
Many people start walking to improve their health, but find it easy to keep coming back because of all the new friends they’ve made. So as well as all the physical health benefits, walking in groups is also great for your social life.
If you have a health condition and would like to walk more then the Walking for Health website has some really helpful information.
Free, Inclusive and Accessible Walks
There are a range of different level walks. The walks are short and over easy terrain, and are open to everyone but are especially aimed at those who are least active. The walks are supported by specially trained volunteers who are on hand to provide encouragement and support, and make sure no one gets left behind.
Top Tips to Stay Motivated
If you’ve started walking then that’s great. We do understand though that sometimes with other commitments and personal circumstances, it’s a challenge to keep it going. Some great top tips to stay motivated include: setting realistic goals; taking on a challenge; don’t walk alone, share the experience with friends or family, find new routes to explore, track your progress and join in with a regular walking group.
Become a Walk Leader and Help Others
If you’re a keen walker and would enjoy helping others in your community to get healthy and active, then becoming a Walk Leader might be for you.
There are some great benefits to becoming a Walk Leader. Training takes less than a day and ongoing support, guidance and access to Walking for Health resources is provided afterwards. You’ll get an opportunity to learn and develop new skills. You’ll also get a chance to meet new people, discover more of your local area, spend time outdoors and be active yourself.
Benefits of Walking. Here’s What Michael Says:
Michael and his wife joined the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust Walking Project:
“Not only is walking beneficial for your health but joining a walking group, for us, made it a very sociable and pleasant activity. We enjoyed exploring local walks that we never knew existed as our Walk Leader was very knowledgeable of the area and its history.
Being active outdoors gives the opportunity of exploring the history and beauty of the local area.” Michael