For those who are physically able, walking is a great option for getting
where you need to be.

You don’t need specialist equipment and you don’t have to buy tickets or think about parking. It’s also a great way to fit exercise into your day and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Did you know that May is National Walking Month?

Pledge to walk 20 minutes every day and enjoy some amazing benefits such as:

  • Burning calories, and strengthening your muscles and joints
  • Improving heart health, lower your blood pressure and avoid many health complaints associated with inactivity
  • Boost your mood & clear your mind
  • Saving money and reduce your impact on the environment if you walk more and drive less

Download a walking app such as ‘One You Active 10 Walk Tracker’ for Android or iOS to track your steps.

Try one of these #try20 tips to help you increase how much you walk.

Monday: Walk for 20 minutes before buying lunch
Tuesday: Hold a walking meeting rather than sitting inside at work
Wednesday: Incorporate life admin into your lunchtime walk
Thursday: Get off the bus a few stops early or park the car further away
Friday: Do the school run on foot

There are loads more really good #try20 tips available on the Living Streets website to make walking fun and easy during the month and into the future.

Any questions? Contact your Travel Plan Coordinator, Emily Ingham, at emily.ingham@foreconsulting.co.uk

Why walk?

According to the NHS Choices website, regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers. The website has some really useful information about fitting walking into your life to improve your health.

Walking routes can be planned using the journey planner on the Walkit website, and the home page also has a link to download the Walkit app. The app will help you choose between quieter and more direct routes to suit you.

Getting around your local area

The map below shows that Kippax town centre is within walking distance of Woodside which has a range of amenities including shops, cafes, a library, dentist, GPs and pharmacies. Kippax Leisure Centre, which has a gym, swimming pool, indoor football pitches and badminton courts, is a 20 minute walk from Woodside. You can also get to Kippax by bus. Bus stops are within 4-6 minutes’ walk of Woodside, on Gibson Lane to the south and on Leeds Road to the west. More information can be found on the Public transport page.

map of amenities within walking distance of woodside

Walking to school

Walking or scooting to school is an easy way of including exercise in children’s lives. There are a number of primary schools within walking distance of Woodside, as shown on the map, and there is more information on the Travel to school page.