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Walking is one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. It's the perfect activity for people of all ages and fitness levels who want to be more active.

Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke, depression and some cancers. It can also help prevent falls as we grow older by increasing leg muscle and bone strength.

Reasearch shows that just 150 minutes a week can make a difference. But you don't have to do it all at the one time to see a benefit - break it down into 10 minute walks at a moderate pace.

It's easy to make walking part of your daily routine. Here are some suggestions:

  • walk part of your journey to work
  • walk to the shops if you're not going for much
  • use the stairs instead of the lift
  • leave the car behind for short journeys
  • walk the kids to school
  • do a regular walk with a friend, perhaps during a lunch break if you work
  • go for a stroll with family or friends in the evening
  • set up a local or a work walking group
  • get a pedometer for motivation
  • if you have a Fitbit-style wearable, set up step challenges with friends

There are lots of places to walk in South Lanarkshire. For more information see: