Get active, get walking

  • 18
  • Dec

Walking has it all. Every walk you do is a step towards better health. It’s easy to integrate into your daily life, doesn’t require fancy gear, or a monthly membership fee. You just need to get up and go.

Walking has many health benefits from increasing strength to burning calories and easing joint pain. Not only that, it makes you happier.

There is so much to see and do in Islington, with historical places of interest and lots of green spaces, so put a comfortable pair of shoes on and explore.

How much walking is enough?

The NHS recommends at least 10,000 steps a day, but on average most of us only walk about 3,000 – 4,000. As a guide, a mile is on average 2,100 steps, while 10 minutes brisk walking is about 1,200 steps.

To get the most benefit you need walk at a brisk pace. This means fast enough that your heart rate increases and you start to sweat slightly. If you don’t walk very much at all, start with short brisk bursts and build up to half an hour.

Dr Jo Sauvage, Islington GP and Chair of the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Walking is a simple and free way to improve your health. You can even track your activity and stay motivated with the Active 10 app from Public Health England. So why not discover Islington on foot? Take 10 minutes out of your day and go for a walk!”

Find out more about healthy lifestyle services in Islington by visiting One You Islington

Great places to walk

Parkland Walk is London’s longest nature reserve – a 4.5 mile green walkway which follows a railway line that used to run between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace. It’s a great place to explore on foot or by bike.

Soak up the past on Local history routes around the borough, including Mildmay, Barnsbury, EC1 and Clerkenwell.

Clissold Park Walk is a weekly walk organised by Islington resident Lawrence Curtis and Highbury Grange Medical Practice. Held every Thursday at 11am. Meet at the Practice.

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