Get healthy with free summer walks programme

fit together walkingWith the bluebells out and spring rapidly heading into summer, Fit Together have launched their programme of free summer walks and they are hoping that beginners will take that first step to join them.

Walking co-ordinator at the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk Jackie Squires explained: “Walking works. It’s a great way for people to start to get active and you don’t need any special equipment. It’s easy to get started and best of all it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.

“It’s well known that walking can improve your health, your happiness and, if you join one of our groups, it will give you the chance to explore the outdoors, get to know your local area and meet new people. Walking can help to keep your mind and your social life healthy too.

“Why not make a start and find a walk near you today. We’re a friendly bunch and we’d love you to join us.”

The Fit Together walks range from a Grade 1 beginners walk through to a Grade 3 for those looking for something more challenging. All walks are free. Participants are asked to complete a short health questionnaire before the start of the walk, arriving 15 minutes early.

Walk programmes are available from libraries, council offices and doctor’s surgeries. They are also available to download at www.activenorfolk.org/fittogether

EASY WALKING WEDNESDAY

Look out for the Easy Walking Wednesday walks; aimed solely at beginners or people recovering from illness or injury. Taking place in The Walks in King’s Lynn every Wednesday at 10.30am (except the first Wednesday of the month), trained volunteer walk leaders will provide all the support and encouragement people need to begin walking. There will be distances to suit everyone’s needs. Booking is required.

Meet at The Walks main gate,
Adjacent to County Court Road,
Off London Road,
King’s Lynn.
PE30 5EZ

For more information and to book please call the coordinator on 01553 616657 or
Email: activity.coordinator@west-norfolk.gov.uk

Walking Fact File

If you have a health condition, walking is a great way for you to relieve some of your symptoms, get back on the road to recovery and feel great again. But it isn’t just about getting better. Walking can help prevent illnesses from developing in the first place. Walking will improve the flexibility and strength of your joints, muscles and bones too – and it’ll reduce the risk of osteoporosis.

Walking at any pace will help you to manage your weight, reduce the risk of developing type-2 diabetes and reduce the risk of some cancers (inactive people are more likely to develop colon, breast and lung cancer than those who exercise).

 

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