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Why walk? Ten health benefits of a Walking Lunch

We all know that exercise does us good - but did you know that walking has huge health benefits even in small quantities

Moderate intensity walking has just as effective benefits as jogging like lowering the risk of high blood pressure - and you don’t even need to wear lycra!


The physical benefits of walking are clear:

1. You can reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes by walking regularly. It’s great cardio exercise, lowering levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. The Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps to prevent and control the high blood pressure that causes strokes, reducing the risk by up to 27 percent.

 2. A brisk walk helps to boost your circulation and increase oxygen supply to all your cells, giving you great benefits such as more energy and even healthier looking skin.regular walking info

 3. Walking even boosts your immune system for 24 hours - who knew?

 4. Physically active employees also take 27% less sick days than non-active employees, leaving them healthier the whole year round.

 5. Walking is also great for getting some more Vitamin D. Many people in the UK are vitamin D deficient which is essential for important things such as bone health.

Walking has plenty of mental health benefits as well:

6. Being active promotes mental health and wellbeing. It improves self perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.

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7. Physically active people have up to a 30% reduced risk of becoming depressed.

8. Physical activity stimulates the release of body chemicals called endorphins, which act as natural painkillers, reduce stress and produce feelings of wellbeing.

9. Walking improves cerebral blood flow and lowers the risk of vascular disease, which may be linked to helping you stave off dementia.

10. Scientists at Essex University found that our well being is boosted significantly with as little as 5 minutes outdoor exercise.


And even a few unexpected perks...

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So share with us your walking selfies and stories to @WestfieldHealth 



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Westfield Health 20 May 2016

Thanks Kate for your comment. We are monitoring the steps carefully, and we’re contacting the walkers concerned.

Kate flynn 19 May 2016

Some of those top 3 step totals look VERY VERY dubious to me !

Chrissie Knight 25 Apr 2016

How do I download the poster etc

Eric Davis 22 Apr 2016

Although Davis Consultancy Services is still in existence, as I approach 85 years of age I am now more involved as Founder Secretary of Market Drayton Seniors' Enterprise (a newly formed charitable organisation). The Aim of MDSE is the Health and Well-Being of all elderly Market Drayton residents. Our Objectives to achieve our aim cover a broad spectrum: eg - Transport in its various guises for our beleaguered residents: and other issues to reduce isolation. Some issues cover all age groups and we will be providing the administration and logistic aspects for North Salop Wheelers to operate a regular mini-bus service along the North Shropshire corridor between Whitchurch/Wem via Market Drayton to Telford, with feeder services running from outlying villages. This need arises from the funding cut-backs by Shropshire Council.

MDSE was founded in February 2015 but, before acting on Founder Trustees own instincts, we have conducted extensive research to identify the health and well-being issues of concern. Our official launch, Festival of Health & Well-Being, will be on 18 May at Festival Drayton Centre between 11.00 am-3.00 pm. There will be 25 stalls in the Auditorium. Subsequently, we anticipate hosting regular Drop-In sessions at which organisations based outside Market Drayton can have a local presence.

It occurs to me that the concept of a Lunch Time Walk of 20 minutes might somehow be adapted to/adopted by our venture's clients.

You will be aware that I originally introduced Westfield's Chamber of Commerce Health Scheme to the employees of our business at the time - Davis's Tattooing Supplies (DTS) - when the Scheme was first adopted by Shrewsbury Chamber.

Whether the Westfield Health Scheme, (as distinct from the Lunch Time Walk,) is appropriate to MDSE, I am doubtful.

Your thoughts on both ideas will be appreciated.