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Walk more and live longer, say local GPs

Local people are being asked to get on their feet for National Walking Month.

GPs in Hampshire are backing the campaign this May, which aims to help people get active and bring walking into their daily routines.

Experts say walking provides many health benefits – a daily 20 minute walk can help people live longer and enjoy a better quality of life.

Dr Sarah Schofield, Chairman of NHS West Hampshire CCG, said:

“This May, why not walk the kids to school instead of driving, get off the bus one stop earlier on the way to shops or park the car further away from work?

“Get Hampshire Walking is not just about big stomps in the country, or covering lots of miles. You can start at your own pace, with a few extra steps each day.”

NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group has been supporting the #gethantswalking campaign since September last year.

This encourages local people to become more active and calls on those people who are very inactive to speak to their GP or practice nurse for advice on how to become more active.

Sitting for long periods of time can cause premature ageing and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, dementia and depression.  

GPs are recommending walking as an alternative to the many hours people can be inactive, because even everyday activities at home or at work can improve our health by standing rather than sitting.

National Walking Month is led by the UK’s leading walking charity, Living Streets.

Dr Sarah Schofield added:

"Walking can benefit both our physical and mental health.  A brisk walk can help to clear your thoughts and manage the stresses in your life.  Being physically active helps you maintain a healthy weight and good circulation, which can reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.”

You can share your walking pictures using the hashtag #gethantswalking.