Getting the most from your walk
If you're already enjoying regular walks, that's fantastic. You're reducing your risk of developing certain illnesses and you're keeping yourself happy and healthy.
The great thing is, it doesn't have to stop there. Below are some tips to help you get even more out of walking and don't forget to have a look at our walking on your own page for more about how you can build walking into your everyday life.
All walking is good for you, but brisk is best - especially for your heart and lungs. Brisk walking makes your heart beat faster, makes your breathing deeper and gives you a warm glow.
Lots of people start slowly and build up to a brisk pace as they go. Then they slow down towards the end and finish off with a gentle pace. Try taking the 'Talk Test' - you should still be able to have a conversation while you're walking. If you can't, then slow down.
Posture and technique
What's great about walking is that we know how to do it. No complicated routines or scary-looking machines - one foot in front of the other and we're off!
But good posture can make all the difference, so if you don't always feel comfortable when you're out and about, make sure you stand up straight but relaxed. Look ahead. Swing your arms in time with your stride. And breathe deeply - in time with your steps if you can.
If you're carrying a backpack, make sure the straps are adjusted so they hold the pack snugly on your back - and if there's a hip belt, use it.