Walk this way
Walking can improve your insulin sensitivity, as moving muscles uses up excess glucose. Find out about the health benefits of walking.
There are many health benefits from walking. For instance, just 10 minutes extra walking a day can burn an extra 40 calories (Depending on your age, weight, and how fast you walk), which is a total of 14,600 calories burnt over 365 days.
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These kinds of small changes can make big improvements to our health over time – and may even save you money.
Ways to get walking
Getting involved with your local Walking for Health scheme couldn't be easier.
Post Covid19 finding the health walk schemes closest to you might be a way to connect with others in your community, just enter your postcode or place name in the search box on the Walking For Health website or see what's on offer in your part of the country by clicking on your local region on the map.
You might want to consider joining a challenge, and Diabetes UK has a walking challenge running from July to September. How about giving it a go?
Join a challenge:
Step it up towards a healthier you in 2021. Join Diabetes UK 1 million step challenge and take at least 10,000 steps a day for three months in 2021 to reach your million.
There are many ways you can put more walking into your daily routine, for example:
- ditch the car, train or bus and walk all or part of your journey
- get off public transport one stop early and walk the rest of the way
- walk to pick up or drop off the kids or grandchildren at school
- get up after lunch and go for a 10-minute walk during your lunch break
Free walking apps
Are you a slow or fast walker? See how you can fit active minutes into your week by using a tracking tool such as walking app, it also tells you if you are walking at a speed that is considered 'brisk'.
Learn more about the Active 10 app
You can also try Walk It website which has route maps between any two points, including your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving.
Active 10 tracks your walking and shows you when to increase your pace to benefit your health. The app is designed to quickly and simply help you do more brisk walking in bursts of ten minutes, known as Active 10s.
Walkit.com gives you a route map between any two points, including your journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving. See how you can fit active minutes into your week.