Free autumn health walks to boost mood and fitness
10 Oct 2019
We know regular physical activity is great for the mind and our mental health. It can improve mood, lift self-esteem and reduce stress.
Walking is a cheap and easy way to keep active and a programme of free health walks are taking place across the county to encourage more people to get out into the great outdoors and improve their health.
The walks, laid on by Active Northumberland, are suitable for all levels of ability and take between half an hour and an hour and a half.
If you fancy giving it a go - all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip and support for your feet, a bottle of water and always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. You'll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Walking is a low impact exercise that has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, stroke and some cancers. While getting out in the fresh air with friends can help combat loneliness and depression.
Northumberland County Councillor Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:
“ We know that the benefits of sport and exercise are not just physical. Regular physical activity is great for the mind and our mental health. It can improve mood, lift self-esteem and reduce stress.”
“ Going for regular walks is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to become more active. Some of the walks are short and very gentle so if you’ve had problems with your health or are new to walking, don’t worry, the walk leaders will help you to get started. ”
The health walk programme covers routes in the north, west and south eastern corners of the county.
To view a timetable of walks in your area log on to ww.activenorthumberland.org.uk/Activities.aspx
and search health walks under the A-Z activity section.
Many libraries, GP surgeries and council contact centres hold a supply of printed programmes.
Or, for further information email : firstname.lastname@example.org