Walks And Walking – The Ramblers Get Walking Week
As the Ramblers gets ready for its short walks festival (3 – 10 May), the results of a YouGov survey have revealed an alarming 34% of people would not consider walking for more than 20 minutes when planning a journey.
The Ramblers knows walking is the simplest solution to tackling this physical inactivity pandemic and is encouraging people to take to their feet during Get Walking Week. Even in the most urban areas there are always places to walk, and even if you are only walking to work there are always parks and grounds that you can include in your walking route to work and interesting flowers, fauna and wildlife to spot.
Benedict Southworth, chief executive of the Ramblers, said: “Walking is such an easy way for people to meet the recommended guidelines of getting 150 minutes of exercise per week, so it’s really worrying that inactivity levels are so high.
During Get Walking Week we are asking people to think about how they can walk more. Making short journeys on foot is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into everyday life – rather than automatically jumping in the car or on the bus, use your feet instead.
To help people take their first steps we are offering hundreds of free short walks during Get Walking Week. You don’t need any special equipment to join in, so why not find a walk near you and walk towards a healthier and happier lifestyle.”
Ramblers groups will be leading walks across Great Britain for everyone to enjoy.
In England, Walking for Health, England’s largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, will also be inviting people to walk, to help them get walking and keep walking.
You can find out more about the Ramblers here.