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Among the acknowledged benefits of regular walking, whether it's to work and back or for leisure, are reduced risk of heart disease, help with weight control and good mental health.

Walking to work is a brilliant way of fitting in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.

For those whose journey to work is 1-2 miles or less, walking is a realistic way of commuting to work. Or if you live further away you could:

  • Jump off the bus a few stops early and walk the rest of the way.
  • Walk to the train station instead of driving.
  • Park a couple of miles away from the station and walk the remainder of your commute.

Or try a walking break at lunchtime. Check out (also available as a smartphone App) - you just type in your destination and the journey will be mapped showing the distance, inclines, time, calories burnt and CO2 saved. Walkit also plots circular walks and provides information about local walking events and groups.

We also recommend making use of the extensive information available on the Walking for Health website. Find out about health walks and walking schemes near you, walking tips and routes and even about how walking can help you with an illness.

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