Improve your health and wellbeing with the Active 10 app
Published: 30 May 2018
A 10 minute brisk walk, a lifetime of benefits
It can be hard for some of us to fit exercise into our day because of our busy and modern lifestyles. Technology allows us to shop and stay in touch without having to leave the comfort of our home, whilst commuting by car or public transport means we're not getting as much physical activity as we could. But just ten minutes exercise a day could be all it takes to improve our health and wellbeing.
The good news is that you don't have to invest in a new pair of running trainers, wear gym clothes or start an expensive fitness programme to reap the benefits of an active lifestyle, because brisk walking counts too.
A daily ten minute brisk walk can make a huge difference to your health - not to mention that it's simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active. A brisk walk gets the heart pumping faster which can:
- Increase your energy
- Boost your mood and mental wellbeing
- Lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and dementia
- Reduce the risk of early death
- Improve cognitive function in older people
Here's four simple ways you could build brisk walking into your daily routine:-
- Pick up the pace and turn your walk to work into a brisk walk and you'll also gain an extra 5 minutes in bed
- Get off the bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way
- Take a break and unwind with a brisk walk at lunchtime
- Visiting a friend? Don't drive, leave the car and take a brisk walk there instead
To find out how much brisk walking you do each day and for hints and tips on how to get more active, download the Active10 app to track your every step. Visit the Healthy Surrey website to find out more.
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