Walking the Way to Health

North Lincolnshire Council is encouraging people to take part in the Walking the Way to Health initiative that aims to get people to walk in their own community.

The scheme has been very successful so far, with some of the walks having over 60 people attending.

Since 2008 over 8,000 people have attended the walks every year. So far this year over 5,000 people have taken part in the walks. There are about 30 walks that take place every month

Being physically active on a regular basis can significantly improve your health and fitness. Walking is ideal for building exercise into your everyday life. It is also a perfect way to see the natural environment around you.

Regular walking can help improve people’s confidence, stamina, energy levels, weight control, immune system and life expectancy.

Walking can also help to reduce the risk of strokes, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety; coronary heart disease, bowel cancer, arthritis and poor sleep patterns.

Everybody is welcome to join any of the free walks that are always relaxed and friendly. There is no need to book – just turn up on the day.

There is a wide range of walks every week at different locations in North Lincolnshire, including Normanby Hall Country Park and Brigg. There is also storytelling walks that take place with North Lincolnshire Libraries.

Some of the walkers that have taken part have said:

· “An enjoyable outing, promoting a healthier lifestyle with leadership and companionship, very worthwhile

· “It is a pleasure to be walking again with a pleasant group of people who all have something in common – the pleasure of walking!

· “Whenever I come over to Lincolnshire from my home in America I join the walks, the people are so friendly and the countryside is so beautiful.”

The timetable of walks is available from council receptions, local libraries, links offices and tourist information centres or can visit www.northlincs.gov.uk/NorthLincs/Leisure/walks for more information. People can also buy map packs if they are interested in organising their own walk.

Cllr Rob Waltham, cabinet member for Adult and Children’s Services, said:

“We are committed to supporting the Walking the Way to Health scheme. It provides fantastic benefits and it is a great way to meet new people, see the countryside and get fit.

“The walks - led by at least two trained volunteer walk leaders are proving really successful

“In fact we need more volunteers. If you are interested please call 01724 297631 or email christine.johnson@northlincs.gov.uk. Free training and support is available for anyone interested.

“So why not make a difference to someone’s life and become a volunteer.”