Increasing your physical activity can reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Around 150 minutes of exercise, such as walking, can help reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, help with stress and can also help control your weight.
We spend around 60% of our time at work
This means that for five days a week we are most likely sitting down for at least eight hours a day. Then we get on the train, bus or in the car and spend even longer sitting down!
This kind of lifestyle is a huge risk factor for heart disease. Getting out at least once a day, even if it’s only for a brisk walk, will not only improve your mood but will boost your heart health.
Take part in National Walking Month
Living Streets’ target for National Walking Month is for people who take part to reach 10,000 steps a day. To achieve this you could walk to work, walk during your lunch break or go for a jog in the evening. For small trips where you might drive to the shops, try walking instead!
If you feel strongly about walking more, try to involve your workplace. Most businesses will encourage their employees to live a healthy lifestyle, so you could enter a bit of friendly rivalry to the mix.
Would you like to know more about National Walking Month? Visit the Living Streets website.