Walking: Steps to better health

Walking is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways to boost your health. It’s a gentle form of cardio exercise, meaning it’s great for losing fat and can help maintain a healthy heart. Best of all, it requires no fancy equipment – just a sturdy pair of shoes! The Isle of Wight is a walker’s paradise, with over 500 miles of paths right on our doorstep. Ask our team for more info on the best routes!

Here are just a few of the benefits walking can bring you:

Improves your mood

Like all forms of exercise, walking produces mood-boosting endorphins that combat feelings of anxiety and depression. What’s more, walking can be enjoyed as a social activity. Taking a stroll with friends or family is a great way to spend some quality time together and will maximise its happiness-inducing effects.

Burns fat and strengthens the heart

As mentioned above, cardiovascular exercise is one of the most effective ways to drop those extra pounds and encourage healthy heart function. Walking is low-impact and intensity, making it an ideal introduction to exercise. It’s not just for beginners, though – why not add a hill walk or two into your usual route for a challenge?

Lowers your risk of disease

Walking regularly can aid in the prevention and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, thanks to its effects on blood pressure. Studies have found that stepping out regularly lowers blood pressure by as much as 11 points, and cuts stroke risk by up to 20%.

Stuck for inspiration? Take a look at some of our favourite walking routes!