May is National Walking Month. Walking is proven to be good for our minds, our bodies and the environment. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to pledge to walk more this May!
(As always, we also include people who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids).
Living Streets is encouraging people to #Try20 and walk for 20 minutes each day during May.
Walking is an easy and accessible way to improve mental and physical health and a 20-minute walk can reduce the risk of a number of preventable health conditions, including certain cancers, depression, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
By swapping a short drive for a short walk, you can also help the environment and get active in the process.
Adding a walk to your daily routine can lead to:
- Fewer symptoms of depression
- Reduced feelings of anxiety
- Improved cognitive function
- Improved quality of life
- Improved sleep quality
- Reduced risk of dementia
Walking routes around CNTW sites
We have signposted walking routes at many of our sites to help staff and service users stay active. These are all between 1 and 1.25 miles, or about 20-30 minutes of walking.
These are the walking routes currently signposted on our sites:
St Nicholas Hospital – blue route
St Nicholas Hospital – yellow route
St George’s Park – yellow route
Find more tips from Living Streets on how to make the most of your walks here.