Get walking this National Walking Month

Getting active can be difficult but National Walking Month aims to tackle this by sharing resources and information that can help you get moving and there are even organisations out there in local areas who can support you to do this face to face. National Walking Month takes place every May and is a great opportunity to get active and learn about where the local walks are in your area and what benefits you can feel from walking. This year National Walking Month (co-ordinated by Living Streets) is encouraging people to just try walking for 20 minutes a day by joining in with their #Try20 campaign, click here for more information.

Feel better from going on walks

Through the 5 Ways to Wellbeing it has been proven that by being active (e.g. going for a walk) can actually help to improve your mental wellbeing. This means that physical activity is good not only for your body but it’s great for your mind too.

Research has shown that physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good – boosting your self-esteem, helping you concentrate as well as sleep, look and feel better. Not bad for something we can quite easily do for free! A few benefits of being physically active are:

  • less tension, stress and mental fatigue
  • a natural energy boost
  • improved sleep

To read more on physical activity and mental health from the Mental Health Foundation, please click here.

There is support available

There are two organisations in the local Sunderland and South Tyneside areas who can help you to start walking as the first step can sometimes be difficult.

Active Sunderland’s Wellness Walking Programme have helped thousands of people in the Sunderland area discover the many benefits of regular group walks over the last 12 years. They also have a variety of different walks available from health walks, to nordic walks as well as nature walks and walks for carers. They also have beginner walks so if you are looking for something to start off with then this may be great for you! Click here to download their current walking programme or click here to search our Things to Do section for your nearest walk.

Walking Works Wonders deliver a network of health walks which take place across South Tyneside and Newcastle and is delivered by volunteers from a partnership of organisations (Groundwork South Tyneside & Newcastle, South Tyneside Council, Public Health in South Tyneside, Newcastle City Council, Mental Health Matters, NECA and the Friends of Marine Park) who are all committed to improving the health and lifestyle of the local community. They have low, medium and high intensity walks available so you can attend the one most suitable for you. Click here to download their current programme of walks or click here to search our Things to Do section for your nearest walk.