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Walking through May

May is Walking Month and Northumberland County Council is encouraging residents to lace up their shoes and take up the challenge of 20 minutes of walking as part of daily exercise every day this month (and beyond)!     

Now the evenings are lighter for longer, it is the perfect time to head outdoors.  Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.   

Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health at Northumberland County Council, said: “Walking can lower blood pressure and prevent high blood pressure which will lower the risk of heart problems and help to prevent all sorts of other diseases like cancer and stroke.  If you are new to exercise, or maybe trying to lose weight gradually, then walking is a great form of exercise for you. It boosts your circulation and increases the oxygen supply around your body, which in turn will keep you feeling alert and awake.   

“It is also great for lifting your mood and it can really make a difference if you are suffering from depression, anxiety or feeling stressed.  Walking with a friend is even better because you get the added benefit of connecting with someone else” 

Northumberland County Councillor Wendy Pattison, cabinet member for Adult Wellbeing, said: “After the last couple of years, we are appreciating the chance to get out of the house for a walk more than ever.  

“It's so important to keep being active. A brisk walk every day is an easy way to improve your health.  Whether you head out at lunchtime, or start your day with a walk, why not try it and feel the benefits for yourself.” 

There are free health walks available in the county too where trained walk leaders and safe walking routes will help to get everyone on their way to a healthier lifestyle.  Suitable for all levels of ability, they take between half an hour and an hour and a half. Those who wish to get involved are encouraged to turn up at one of the venues wearing sensible footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing and bring a drink if it is hot.   

For further information about organised health walks, log on to: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Care/Integrated-Wellbeing-Services/Health-Trainers.aspx#organisedhealthwalks 

Or if you would like to contact the Health Trainers with questions about the walks, please email: healthtrainers@northumberland.gov.uk or call 01670 623 840. 

Active Northumberland also organise weekly health walks. For full details of their walks, times and distances go to: https://www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/HealthWalks or call 01670 620 200 
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