Walk your way to health this summer
Summer is the perfect time of year to spend a little more time outside and to be more active. It’s also a great time to explore Islington’s parks and green spaces and kick-start the habit of walking.
There are three regular walking groups in Islington – Highbury Walkers, IzzWalks and Islington U3A – that are free to join and offer sociable and supportive walks.
Lawrence, who leads IzzWalks says: “Our local walking group is very inclusive – everyone is welcome. It’s not only about fitness, we also enjoy a good chat while walking and we have a laugh.
“Lots of residents have started walking each week with our group over the past year and a half, and have said that they wouldn’t have done this on their own.”
The group meets each Thursday at 11am outside Highbury Grange Medical Centre, and walks around Clissold Park. It is open to any adult living in Islington.
Lawrence says: “It’s great to get outdoors each week – rain or shine we meet up each week, and it’s become something that members of our group really look forward to.
“There are many benefits from walking. You only have one body, and it’s your responsibility to look after it. Walking is a fun way to boost your physical activity, and you can also join local groups like ours to help you increase your walking.”
Just 10 minutes a day of brisk walking can make a huge difference to your health, both in the short and long term – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
There are loads of free phone apps that can help you get into walking. The ‘Active 10’ app helps you complete 10 minutes of brisk walking daily and to gradually build this up to multiple ‘Active 10s’.
Visit One You Islington to download the app today, and to find out more about local walking routes and groups.
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