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.
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.
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.
Instructor-led group walks
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!).
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.
10.30am - 11.30am Gorseinon Development Centre** ('Walk and Talk').
7.00pm Various locations around Gorseinon (summer evening walks).
For more information on Monday's Gorseinon walks contact: Hilary (07816372756)
10.00am - 11.30am Parc Llewelyn** (Nordic Walking)
10.30am - 12.30pm 360 Beach and Watersports Centre (Nordic Walking)
** coffee stop after the walk
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.
- 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
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 John Ashley on John.Ashley@swansea.gov.uk.