Benefits of Walking Are Highlighted By National Walking Month

By Kathryn Slade Family Walking By Lake

To celebrate National Walking Month we are giving away a Fitbit Charge activity tracker. With 500 acres to explore Bluestone is a great place to go trekking around and walking is great for you in general! It is simple and free and one of the best ways to get healthier whilst enjoying the outdoors. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

Here are some reasons why walking everyday is great for you!

1)    It strengthens your heart.
It lowers levels of bad cholesterol and increases the levels of good cholesterol by keeping your blood pressure in check.

2)    It keeps your weight in check
A person weighing 60kg burns 75 calories by strolling at 2mph for 30 minutes that is an average walking speed. Increase that to 3mph and they’ll burn 99 calories. Speed it up to a fast walk (4mph) and that’s 150 calories burnt with a little effort whilst enjoying the fresh air!

3)    It can help to prevent dementia
Being active has a protective effect on brain function and regular exercise reduces dementia risk by up to 40 per cent.

Friends Walking In Woods

4)    It is a great way to tone up!
A good walk can help strengthen and shape your legs, giving great definition to your calves, quads, hamstrings and also lifting your bottom muscles – especially if you add hills of which there are plenty here! If you really pay attention to your posture as you walk, it can tone your abs and trim your waist, too.

5)    It boosts your Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D is a nutrient that is hard to find in food but one that we naturally synthesise from the sun! So it’s best to get out and about to get it! Vitamin D plays a big role in everything from bone health to immunity so it is really important that you get your fill.

6)    It gives you energy
You can get more energy from burning energy? Yes indeed you can! A brisk walk everyday is one of the best natural boosters around. It boost circulation and increases the oxygen supply to every cell in your body!

With a Fitbit Charge you can keep a check on exactly how many steps you have taken and how many calories you have burnt! You can link it to your smartphone so you can track your progress in handy charts and see how far you are getting! The Fitbit Charge will also track how well you sleep and can wake you up nicely with a gentle alarm. You won’t be forever charging it either because the battery lasts between 7 and 10 days! Get fit this may with Bluestone and Fitbit!

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