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Get healthy through walking

Why not join one of our regular instructor-led walks?

It can be daunting when faced with the realisation that you need to start exercising more, whether you've had a health scare, recovering from ill health, or just finding that you're not as fit as you once were.

It can be difficult to get started and find the motivation that you need. You may not be sure of where you would like to walk, or you may need to build up your confidence.

Instructor-led group walks are a perfect place to start. It's always re-assuring when you know you're not alone and that there will be someone on hand with any questions or concerns that you may have.

There are a number of led-walks that take place around Swansea on a weekly basis - allowing for the chance to take part in regular exercise as well as enjoying the social aspects of the walk (there's usually a coffee stop at the end of the route!).

Instructor-led group walks
Here are some walks taking place around Swansea.  They are all free and suitable for all abilities. A great way of getting some exercise, meeting new people and enjoying the weather!

Mondays
10.30am - 11.30am Gorseinon Development Centre** ('Walk & Talk').
7.00pm Various locations around Gorseinon (summer evening walks).

For more information on Monday's Gorseinon walks contact: Hilary (07816372756)

Thursdays
10.00am - 11.30am Parc Llewelyn** (Nordic Walking)

Fridays
10.30am - 12.30pm 360 Beach and Watersports Centre (Nordic Walking)

** coffee stop after the walk

If you have any questions or queries regarding the walks (not including the Gorseinon walks), please ring Wendy Anderson on 01792 635483 or email wendy.anderson2@swansea.gov.uk

 

Nordic Walking
Nordic Walking is walking through the use of poles. Walkers apply pressure to each pole as they stride and as a result work out their upper body muscles as well as the legs. This activity is suitable for any age or fitness level and can be done all year round. It's a very sociable activity as walkers can easily chat as they go.  Combining exercise with nature means that you can take in the great outdoors while it also lifts your mood.

Benefits 

  • Burn more calories than ordinary walking 
  •  Improved balance and stability 
  • Increase in overall strength 
  • Increased endurance in core muscles 
  • Entire body workout - toning upper and lower muscles groups 
  • Reduces pressure on knees and joints

Equipment 
Nordic walking can be done by anyone and anywhere and the equipment does not need to be expensive. The walker needs to ensure that when purchasing Nordic walking poles that the poles are at the correct height to minimise any stress on hips and knees. Nordic walking poles can be purchased from a range of outlets such as supermarkets, sports shops and outdoor shops.


Want to Become A Health Walk Leader?

Would you like to get people walking? Enjoy meeting and helping others? Can you spare an hour or more a week? If you have answered yes then you are the ideal person to become a Volunteer Walk Leader.

For further information or an informal chat please contact Wendy Anderson on wendy.anderson2@swansea.gov.uk or 01792 635483.

 

Walk4Life

Walk4Life is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start.

Walking is a great way for all the family to get up and about.

Walk4Life is part of the Change4Life movement that has been set up to encourage families and adults to eat well, move more and live longer, by making small lifestyle changes that add up to big health benefits.  It is all about helping people move and walking is a great way to start.  Almost everyone can do it, anywhere, at any time, and it's free - you can just get out there and start walking.

In Swansea we are 'way marking' walks in parks to help raise awareness of the campaign and encourage people to go walking. Take a look at our Walking routes for inspiration or visit the Walk4Life websiteOpens new window for more information.


Why walking is good for you
Walking is a great way to improve the general health of the whole family. It's a feel-good exercise that's also good for the environment.

It's one of the easiest ways for children to do their recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day that gets their heart beating faster than usual. These 60 active minutes a day will help burn off energy and prevent excess fat being stored in the body. It also helps young muscles and bones grow properly.

And for us adults we need to be active for 30 minutes 5 times a week so walking can really help you fulfil this in a cheap, easy and fun way.

 

Let's Walk Cymru

Let's Walk Cymru is a Wales-wide initiative encouraging walking as a regular activity.

Swansea has an abundance of natural green space, scenic landscapes, coastal walks and urban parks and the aim is to get more people using these more often.

We will be looking for groups to develop existing walks and create new ones and explore new and innovative ways of promoting walking to improve health and well being.

Let's Walk Cymru is a Wales-wide initiative developed in partnership with Sport Wales, the Welsh Government and Countryside Council for Wales - tasked with increasing the number of people participating in walking as a regular activity.

The overall focus of 'Let's Walk Cymru' is to provide information about walking in Wales, specifically related to health walk programmes. 


Why walking?
Walking is known to be one of the best forms of activity, its free, accessible to all and gives you a chance to socialise and make new friends.

Just 30 minutes of walking 5 days a week is all you need to help set you on your way to achieving a healthier lifestyle. The 30 minutes can even be split up into smaller chunks with 3 x 10 minutes.

Find out more about walking in Swansea and Gower.


Want to become a Health Walk Leader?
Would you like to get people walking? Enjoy meeting and helping others? Can you spare an hour or more a week? If you have answered yes then you are the ideal person to become a Volunteer Walk Leader.

For further information or an informal chat please contact Steve Lancey on 01792 635483 or email Steve.Lancey@swansea.gov.uk/

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