Starting A Walking Programme

If you’re looking to start walking regularly to improve your health and fitness, then following a walking plan is a good way to start. It allows you to build up the length and intensity of your walks gradually, and is achievable for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Walking Plans and advice on how to get started can be found on the Walking for Health and Ramblers websites.

You can also measure the benefits of your walk by using our Calculator.

Alternatively, how about getting yourself a pedometer to measure how many steps you take a day? They can be picked up relatively cheaply and you may be surprised how many or how few steps you actually take.

It’s recommended that we need walk around 10,000 everyday in order to benefit our health and well-being. You can build up to this amount gradually by increasing you daily target week by week. Any increase on what you already do will be of benefit to you so take it at your own pace and fit walking into your daily routine. The NHS have a 10,000 steps challenge website which gives information and encouragement to increase the amount of steps you walk a day. 

Zing Somerset is a motivational tool to help you start and sustain physical activity.  You simply sign in, pick your activity and log how many minutes you've done.  There are also monthly challenges to try, or you can find new activities and places to do physical activity around Somerset. It's free to register, so sign up today!