Benefits

Walking is good for your heart and lungs, improving cardiovascular fitness.

You can get major health benefits from relatively mild exercise, as long as you do enough and do it regularly.

Regular walking can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis.

Walking will increase your muscle tone and increase the efficiency of your heart and lungs. It will help reduce cholesterol, boost metabolism, and improve the health of bones. Ease stress, raise your energy levels and improve sleep. Combined this can also help you reduce body fat and lose weight.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I be sure I'm doing enough steps each day?

SCHW logo10,000 steps a day is recommended to give you a healthy heart, most of us walk 4,500 a day. A pedometer is a great way to measure your walking steps. They're the size of a pager, cost around £5 from large chemists or online, and fit easily into your daily routine. More sophisticated pedometers are also available which incorporate many additional features, including panic alarms, stopwatches, distance, calories and many more. You'll find a very large selection online.

I don't live near Sonning Common, where is my nearest walking group?

Use the Walkfinder feature on the Walking for Health website to find walks near your postcode.

Can I bring my dog with me?

See policy on dogs on the Walks page.