Strollin’, strollin’, strollin’

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Whether you’re going somewhere, or nowhere in particular, there’s a lot to be said for walking. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes a day. We like the advice from the NHS, who say that you’re walking fast enough if you can still talk but you can’t sing the words to a song (although we got some funny looks on Briggate when we tried this!)

Over on the Get Active area on this site there’s lot of ideas and suggestions to help you find time for walking, or find friends to walk with…even a four-legged friend. There are links to the fantastic One You Leeds, where, among other things, you can download the Active 10 app for your phone. This counts up your brisk 10-minute walks and even lets you know if you’re brisk enough – so you don’t have to sing.

But we reckon you will soon be ready for more than 10 minutes. One of the brilliant things about our city is that Leeds has a lot more parks and green spaces than other cities, and we have wonderful countryside all around us. There’s always plenty of inspiration around, from people who enjoy a good walk and are willing to share their tips, to this guide we came across from our friends at Leeds List

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