Tuesday, 10 April 2018

May is National Walking Month

Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise” - Carrie Latet

The longer lighter evenings of Spring are the perfect motivation to start walking more, and ‘Living Streets’ (a UK based charity) together with their partner ‘Change 4 Life’, aims to create a walking nation. Running their ‘National Walking Month’ campaign throughout the month of May, we just so happen to have perfectly timed it with our Just Walk event!

Did you know that walking 20 minutes every day can boost your mood, burn calories and improve your heart and blood circulation? In fact, a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day is said to reduce your risk of a stroke by 27%. The benefits are high, the cost is low and you can even raise money doing it for a worthy cause should you wish too.

For more than 85 years Living Streets have been campaigning to improve the streets, roads and the experience to enjoy walking. This has led to the first zebra crossings and finding ways to constantly improve our community; from dropped kerbs to major changes in speed limits.

Living Streets is also promoting walking to school as part of their national campaign, school children wanting to do their part can do so on 21st - 25th May. Their ambition is that every child walks to school, and say “A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half.” They want to reverse this decline and for children to be energised and empowered, and to make walking to school their natural choice. You can find out more information here.

A survey of 1,000 parents commissioned from YouGov found that one in four parents said they did not consider walking their child to school. However, four out of five said they had walked to school when they were young. You and your family can play your part this May!

Join us on May 12th at Just Walk and enjoy the stunning views from Goodwood Racecourse. We offer the unique challenge of walking the distance that best suits you, whether it’s 10km or 25km (that you can do with your children and as a family), or the 35km, 45km or the BIG 60km. This walk can be to raise money for charity, for a personal achievement or a fun healthy walk with friends and family.

If you want to take part in the National Walking month of May 2018 and enjoy the benefits of Just Walk’s Goodwood event then book your place today here.

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