About Walking the Way to Health
Walking the Way to Health is an initiative that aims to encourage you to walk in your own community.
Being physically active on a regular basis can significantly improve your health and fitness, and walking is ideal for building exercise into your everyday life. It is also a perfect way to see the natural environment around you.
Why choose health walks
Regular walking can help improve your:
- energy levels
- weight control
- immune system
- life expectancy
Walking can also help to reduce the risk of:
- high blood pressure
- stress and anxiety
- coronary heart disease
- bowel cancer
- poor sleep patterns
How much physical activity should I do?
It is recommended that you aim to do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week. This could be brisk walking, swimming, gardening, dancing, playing sport or many other activities.
The 150 minutes doesn't have to be all in one go, you can spread it across the week in short bursts to suit your lifestyle and fitness level. For example, you could do a 30 minute walk, five days a week.
You are encouraged to walk at your own pace, but at a speed that makes your heart beat a little faster and your breathing a little quicker.
The Walking the Way to Health Initiative in North Lincolnshire currently has led walks that are being run all over the county. All led walks are free and most are no longer than three miles each.
All of the walks are led and supported by at least two trained walk leaders, one with first aid equipment. Everybody is welcome to join any of the walks. There is no need to book, just turn up on the day and find one of the walk leaders (they will be wearing a high visibility vest).
You can see the latest timetable of walks on the Walking for Health website.
You can also access walking maps and guides for the following areas:
- Barton walking routes
- Brigg walking routes
- Isle of Axholme walking routes
- North of Scunthorpe walking routes
- Scunthorpe walking routes
- South of Scunthorpe walking routes
Heart2Heart (H2H) Scunthorpe are a warm, friendly group of people who share a common experience.
H2H is open to anyone who has had a heart attack , heart surgery or any form of heart disease, their carers, partners or anyone interested in giving support.
H2H walks provide a leisurely form of exercise for its members and walks take place on selected Tuesdays across the year. Further information can be found at Heart2Heart Scunthorpe.