My Walk around Bradford
On Friday morning I went for a walk around Bradford.
My supervisor sent me on an errand for the Bradford Bike Hub, where I am doing my work placement from Bradford College. She gave me a pedometer to count how many steps I took on the walk.
Health Benefits of walking
Walking, is free and the easiest way of building exercise into our daily lives. NHS guidelines recommend that each day we should walk at least 10,000 steps in order to see the health benefits of walking. Walking can help reduce diseases like Diabetes type 2, Obesity, Cardiovascular disease and many others. It is also great for reducing stress and can help with weight loss. The best bit? Walking is free.
How to build walking into your daily life
The United Kingdom is increasing becoming more sedentary which technology (such as internet shopping) making it easier to do things without leaving the house. The health bill for medical and nonmedical costs are going up each year for illnesses caused by sedentary living.
Walking is a great way to build exercise into your daily life. It can be done anywhere and is easy to fit in the daily routine. Also if you have a pet dog like myself, it can be a fun activity to keep yourself fit and helping your dog stay happy too. 10,000 steps is roughly 5 miles. An average person will only walk 3000-4000 steps a day which is roughly 2 miles which isn’t enough for health benefits.
Most people will rely on cars to get to A to B, but instead, why not try walking to places – especially if they are just short distances. It’s better for your health, the environment and your wallet. Instead of shopping online, why not go in person? You will cover more distance and increase your daily step counts by walking around the supermarket yourself looking for your groceries. In your lunch hour why not go for a walk after lunch to de-stress and get more activity in your day? Instead of taking the lift to get to floor to floor, why not walk up the steps instead? It’s healthier and it adds more activity than taking the lift.
In 1 hour I managed to walk more than 6000 steps according to the pedometer. This is roughly 3 miles of walking and felt a lot better for it too. This is how easy it is just to get more physical activity into the daily routine by traveling by foot in walking distances. Its free, gives you’re a breath of fresh air and nice to visit certain places in Bradford like the park and various other places too. Keep walking!!
Guest blog by Stephen Cleaver.