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 40 calories (Depending on your age, weight, and how fast you walk), which is a total of 14,600 calories burnt over 365 days.

People running the London Marathon might only burn off 2000-4000 calories, so 10 minutes a day can impact your health.


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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.

Finding the health walk schemes closest to you might be a way to connect with others in your community, just enter your postcode or area in the search box on the Ramblers website Walking 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 and Join Diabetes UK 1 million step challenge and take at least 10,000 steps a day for three months 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 a walking app, it also tells you if you are walking at a speed that is considered 'brisk'. 

Learn more about the Active 10 app


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