Walk your way to health
GPs in Southwark are challenging people to walk more this spring and make time to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. In Southwark, 56% of adults are obese and therefore it is important to think about the small, easy changes you could make to your lifestyle to get healthier.
A brisk 10 minute walk every day can make a big difference to your health. Brisk walking is simply walking faster than usual, at a pace that gets your heart pumping. Whenever you are planning to go to the local shops, commuting to work or meeting a friend – try to walk instead of taking public transport or the car. Not only will you save money, you will feel healthier. Walking is an easy way to improve your health and wellbeing and can fit into your life with ease.
Dr Jonty Heaversedge, NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group Chair said: "Start with a 10 minute brisk walk a day and then see if you can gradually build up to more. By getting outside and walking every day you can improve your overall health and wellbeing – you can boost your energy, clear your head and lift your mood.
Walking can help people with lower back pain and lowers blood pressure. Brisk walking can also reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which are some of the most common illnesses we treat in NHS."
To get started this month, sign up for the Active 10 app which can track your progress and set goals. The app will show you how much brisk walking you're doing and how you can do more. It's the app is free and easy to use.
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