Taking the first steps towards walking for your health

Published: 3 May 2023

As the days grow longer, why not shake-up your exercise routine and get out-and-about more this National Walking Month?

Walking is sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, but it’s one of the easiest ways to improve our health. So it’s worth thinking about how you can make it part of your daily activity, if you can.

Walking regularly can help improve the quality of your life. It can reduce your risk of major illnesses like cancer and stroke, help boost energy levels and self-esteem and decrease your risk of stress. 

It can also help us feel more connected to our community – whether that’s by simply taking a stroll through your local neighbourhood, or by joining a walking group.

In Hertfordshire, there are guided health walks that you can join for free. The walks with Hertfordshire County Council range from 20-90 minutes, each with a different walk grade. Find out more about the routes and walks available on the Hertfordshire Health Walks website. There are also walking groups in Essex - visit the Active Essex website for information.

Take a look at this page for find out more about exercising in Hertfordshire and west Essex.