You may have signed up to do the Move the Calderdale Way Challenge or you might just fancy getting out for a stroll. Here are some tips and tools to help make it easier for you.
Got 10 minutes?
A brisk ten minute walk each day can make a huge difference to your health and happiness:
- It gets the heart pumping faster,
- Can make you feel better, more energetic, improve your mood and meet new friends,
- Over time, walking can improve your fitness and make it easier to do everyday activities, like food shopping or gardening,
- and it helps to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
We should aim for 150 minutes of physical activity each week but 10 minutes a day can help, or try 10 minutes 2 or 3 times each day.
If you don’t feel up to a brisk walk then just getting out for a stroll is a great start. Walking can be simple to fit into your everyday life.
The NHS have some great tips to help you, such as including walking in your daily routine
- walking part of your journey to work
- walking to the shops
- using the stairs instead of the lift
- leaving the car behind for short journeys
- walking the kids to school – there’s lots of tips and this to do in Living Streets family resource pack.
- doing a regular walk with a friend
- going for a stroll with family or friends after dinner – for inspiration try Living Streets #Try20Tips
Doing 10 minutes of brisk walking is a simple, achievable way to add more activity into your day. Start small and build up from there with the NHS Active10 App.
If you want something more advanced, the British Heart Foundation have together pulled 11 free walking apps for you to explore.
Local Walking Groups
Mixy Marchers are a local resident lead walk and talk group in Mixenden, who walk twice a week from Ash Green Lower Children’s Centre, meeting 5.50 for 6pm start. Check out Mixy Marchers FaceBook page for more details.
CREW usually offer free and friendly guided walks around Calderdale, including weekly walks from Keighley Road and Beechwood medical surgeries and Illingworth Moor Methodist Church. These are currently postponed but CREW are sharing self-guided walks – The Mount Tabor route could be started in Mixenden.
St Malachy’s Walk Group are not currently meeting but as restrictions lift , will be walking again from St Malachys Church on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 and walk 3-5 miles with an option of a meal at the end. Contact Philip on 01422 259761 for more details.
Need a bit more inspiration?
Where ever you walk, please remember to keep yourself and others safe by following the local government restrictions.