Free health walks are running across the county to encourage more people to get out into the great outdoors and improve their health.
The walks are being laid on by Active Northumberland, they are suitable for all levels of ability and take between half an hour and an hour and a half.
If you want to kick-start the New Year with some healthy activity and fancy giving it a go - all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip and support for your feet and always wear clothing appropriate for the weather. You'll have great company, trained walk leaders and safe walking routes to get you on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Walking is a low impact exercise that has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, stroke and some cancers. While getting out in the fresh air with friends can help combat loneliness and depression.
Loraine Oliver, Health Walks Coordinator for Active Northumberland said:
“We know that the benefits of sport and exercise are not just physical. Regular physical activity is great for the mind and our mental health. It can improve mood, lift self-esteem and reduce stress.”
“Going for regular walks is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to become more active and improve your health. Some of our walks are short and very gentle so if you’ve had problems with your health or are new to walking, don’t worry, we’ll help you to get started.
“Our group walks also offer people the opportunity to explore their local area, meet new people and make more friends. I would encourage anyone who may be interested to give Health Walks a try.”
The health walk programme covers routes in the north, west and south-eastern corners of the county.
To view a timetable of walks in your area log on to ww.activenorthumberland.org.uk or click on the link https://www.activenorthumberland.org.uk
Could you be a health walk volunteer?
Active Northumberland is looking for more volunteers to help support its popular weekly health walks.
As a volunteer walk leader you will help to plan routes and accompany the walkers, making sure everyone is safe and nobody gets left behind.
No qualifications are needed – you will be fully trained - all that is asked is that you have a reasonable level of fitness, a love of the outdoors and a friendly personality.
There are walking groups for the north, west and south-eastern corners of the county so you won’t have to travel too far from home to attend the walks.
If you are interested and would like to know more, please email email@example.com with your name and contact telephone number.