In these unprecedented times, the benefits that walking can bring are more vital than ever. While Healthwalks are of course cancelled, and we can no longer walk socially, those of us who are able to can still get out once a day and enjoy the fresh air, take in the sights and sounds around us and benefit from exercising our hearts and lungs. All while maintaining a safe distance from others, of course.
Brighton & Hove Healthwalks was established in 2003, and over the last 17 years the scheme’s volunteer walk leaders have welcomed thousands of people across the city to get more active and make friends. The health benefits of walking are well-documented, from reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke to improving sleep and mood. In the latest Healthwalks evaluation, over 80% of the walkers surveyed said that joining the walks has improved their mental and physical health.
To encourage everyone who can to get out and walk, Healthwalks has set up a special ‘Spring Lockdown Walking Challenge’ so that people can log the miles they’ve walked and share some of the walks they’ve had. At the end of the Challenge, everyone will be able to celebrate the miles they’ve collectively walked, and there will be prizes too! To get involved and find out more, join the Challenge Facebook Group that has been set up here.
If you’re not on Facebook, that’s no problem. Just email healthwalks@Brighton-