Portsmouth City Council is supporting a new drive to encourage Portsmouth adults to build more physical activity into their lives by simply walking briskly for at least ten continuous minutes every day.
A daily brisk 10 minute walk can make people feel better, more energetic and improve their mood. Over time it can also help lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
To get Portsmouth residents motivated, they can take part in one of the Portsmouth Healthy Walks. This offers walks every day of the week at a variety of locations around the city, with something for all abilities. Search Portsmouth on www.walkingforhealth.org.uk for a brochure.
There are also buggy walks being trialled every Wednesday in April from Milton Children's Centre, Perth Road. These are an hour's walk, starting at 10.30am, and are a great option for parents and carers of young children. If they prove popular they will be run from other Children's Centres in the city over the summer.
To help monitor your brisk walking, people are being encouraged to download a free mobile phone app – Active 10 – which shows how much brisk walking you do throughout the day, and provides tips and encouragement on how to fit ten minute bursts of brisk walking into your day.
Dr Jason Horsley, Director of Public Health at Portsmouth City Council, said: "Not moving enough each day can lead to serious illnesses like heart disease. You don't need a gym membership or expensive equipment to get exercise though, just adding more walking into your day can be enough. This could be walking to work, walking the kids to school, walking to the shops or walking with a friend whilst you catch up. The key is to walk quickly enough that it gets your heart rate up and leaves you slightly out of breath. This is what will help to keep you healthy.
Download Active 10 from Google Play or Apple App Store.