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Walking can do wonders for our wellbeing. It's good for our bodies, our minds and - because it gives us the chance to get out and meet new people - it can be great for our social lives too. Best of all, it's easy and you don't need any fancy equipment to get started.
"Walking is the cheapest form of exercise. You don't need to join a gym or buy any equipment. You don't have to be fit to start. And you can do it whenever you want."
Michael Bell, Health Walk participant
Joining your local Walking for Health scheme can make it even easier. You'll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way to healthier lifestyle.
What do you need?
As you can imagine, you don't need much at all to get walking. A good pair of shoes is the most important thing - and you probably have those anyway. Something comfortable, with good support for your feet, is just right.
Try to wear loose fitting clothes for walking too - they let you move more freely. Thin layers are better than heavy chunky clothes (even if it's cold and you need to wear a few of them!) And don't forget about the British weather - if it's a hot day and you think you'll be outside for a while, make sure you take a bottle of water and sun cream. For rain, a waterproof or umbrella will come in very handy!
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