Walking is a great way to get your daily exercise on your own or with members of your household. It is also a fun way of getting to the shops for essential supplies and getting to work or school.
With the average walking speed at three miles per hour, you will be amazed at how much you can see around where you live and how easy it is to get to local services with 15 to 30 minutes. There are lots of health benefits for all ages who walk regularly such as helping to prevent Cardiovascular disease, some cancers, Type II diabetes, improved bone strength and helping to maintain a healthy weight.
Tips on how to explore your local area safely
- stay two metres away from other people
- on narrow paths do not squeeze past, go back to a wider passing place
- wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you return home
- stay local and walk from home
- walk alone or with household members
- in the countryside, choose paths that are furthest away from houses - do not hang around near other people's properties
- choose paths with minimum stiles and gates and avoid touching surfaces with bare hands
- on shared paths and multi-user routes keep left to leave space for overtaking
- do not feed, stroke or touch farm animals or horses
- do not touch other users' dogs