According to the NHS, a regular walking schedule has ties to the reduction in the risk of heart disease, some cancers, strokes, type 2 diabetes and asthma.*

It’s also been shown to lower blood pressure and high cholesterol. **

With that in mind, 20-25 minutes a day isn’t a big sacrifice to make. We have the required equipment attached to us, everyone can afford free, and we can all trade 25 minutes in return for those health benefits.

You don’t even have to stay in the same old locale. The UK has a great history of rambling about the countryside, with no shortage of beautiful walks to take. Have a read of this article to see some links to some great walk locators.

You should also consider joining a walking group. This support system will not only help you along the way and introduce you to great new walks, it will also motivate you to get out there in the first place! Plus you get to make some new friends.

*http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/getting-started-guides/Pages/getting-started-walking.aspx

**http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Walk-Dont-Run-Your-Way-to-a-Healthy-Heart_UCM_452926_Article.jsp#.V1RZHvkrKUk

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