May is National Walking Month. This awareness month was specifically conceived to encourage people to improve their fitness and to enjoy the great outdoors. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get healthier. So, dig out those walking shoes and get started!

The Benefits of Walking

The benefits of walking are many and it is important for people to get outdoors and be active, whatever their level of fitness. Being active helps reduce your risk of developing a heart or circulatory condition, as well as having a stroke, type 2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. The reasons to get outside and walk include:

Keeping Your Heart Healthy

The heart is one of our most important organs. It acts as a pump that circulates blood and provides the body with oxygen and nutrients it needs to survive. This should be more than enough reason to want to keep it in best possible shape!

Walking more often is a great place to start. You can lower your risk of a stroke by 27% by taking a daily 30-minute brisk walk. If that’s not enough reason to lace up your trainers and head outside, walking also lowers bad cholesterol while increasing good cholesterol levels.

“Walking is a fantastic way to keep active and maintain a healthy balanced heart” – Lisa Young, British Heart Foundation’s physical activity specialist.

Losing Weight

Looking for a way to exercise your legs, bum and tum? Walking is a full body workout that activates many muscles in your body – this includes; calves, glutes, hamstrings, quads and abdominals.

If you’re new to fitness or want to lose weight gradually, walking is the perfect activity for you! If you walk at around 2mph for 30 minutes then you will burn around 75 calories, and if you increase this to 4mph this will rise to around 150 calories. 20 minutes of walking a day will burn an incredible 7lbs of body fat a year!

Being Energised and Happy

If you’re currently enduring a state of lethargy, a walk could do you a surprising amount of good. A simple stroll will improve your circulation and increase the amount of oxygen in your blood, making you feel more alert and awake.

Alongside making you feel energised, walking can do wonders for your mood! A brisk walk can be as beneficial as taking an antidepressant and can be a great helping hand if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or simply feeling stressed.

On top of this, walking has actually been proven to prevent your brain from shrinking! This means walking six or more miles a week is hugely beneficial to older people and can help ward off neurodegenerative diseases, such as dementia.

Walk Peterborough

Head to Peterborough One this month and enjoy walking in and around our park, shops and businesses. With an array of exciting sights, activities, homeware and refreshments, whiling away several hours is a cinch!

Following on from a stroll around PE1, why not seek more venue inspiration around Peterborough? Whether you’re looking to explore Peterborough’s cultural and heritage sites, enjoy family-friendly days out or find dog-friendly walks, there’s something for everyone. You can also choose a walking distance to suit your preferences.

Walks include Peterborough Cathedral town centre and River Nene walk, the Grimshaw Flower Walk, the Orton Waterville Walk and the Lynch Wood Health Walk.

Pavers

Whether you walk one mile or one hundred miles, make sure you have the most comfortable and appropriate footwear. Put your best foot forward to Pavers at Peterborough One this National Walking Month and pick up something to put a spring in your step.

At Pavers you can discover expansive collections made with cushioned comfort, cosy linings, and luxurious little details. Shop stylish shapes in mood boosting hues that will brighten the spring and summer months.

Pavers have been selling comfortable shoes for over 50 years, so the team are well versed in creating the perfect shoe. Style, comfort, and the perfect fit – these are the three essential elements they put into a every pair, so you can be sure to find amazing shoes with absolutely no compromise.

In extended width fits, from standard, wide, extra wide, and 6E fits in sizes 2-10, with a range of irresistible colours and matching accessories, you can shop top brands including Skechers, Reiker, Fly Flot and many more. What’s more, you can discover all this with savings of up to 30% off RRP.

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