This is the fourth marker on the Mount Close Open Space park walk.
EVERY MOVEMENT MATTERS
Being a little more active alone is good, but being active together is even better.
You can encourage each other to walk further or for longer or more often. Family walks, work meetings or friendly get-togethers can mean you move more and sit less.
And if 5 of you got together and walked 240 paces a day, your combined distance would be over 248 miles in a year and you’d use up nearly 22000 calories between you!
* Based on the average person uses 1 calorie for every 20 steps
THE BENEFIT OF WALKING
The recent pandemic has made everyone aware how important it is to ensure we have a healthy immune system.
We also know that it has not gone away and may well come back especially during the Autumn and Winter.
Regularly going for a walk helps immune cells perform effectively by increasing blood flow, reducing stress and inflammation, and strengthening antibodies.
And, of course, it means getting outside in the sunshine. This boosts our Vitamin D levels which also helps our immune system.
Creating an Active Summertime
It is easy to forget to drink plenty of water during the hot weather, but it is important to keep well hydrated.
Drinking sufficient water helps regulate body temperature, maintains cell nourishment and organ function.
And it can improve sleep quality during the hot weather.
SMALL STEPS, BIGGER GAINS FOR LIFE
Being active is not just about our health today but to protect our wellbeing for a lifetime. Evidence tells us that if we stand more than three hours a day we could extend our life expectancy by two years.
And it’s never too late. A recent study showed that if 70 year olds were active 20 minutes a day, then they would reduce the chance of a heart attack in their 80s by half!
If you have enjoyed this walk and want to share walks with others, visit Buckinghamshire Council’s Simply Walks support programme to find a walk near you at www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/parking-roads-and-transport/cycling-and-walking/simply-walk/
Active Park Walks – part of your new Active Community
Sit less, stand often and move more. These small changes to everyday can make a difference to your long-term health.
After all, EVERY MOVEMENT MATTERS