Making great strides with Walk this May

27th May 2015

Walking for Health 2100 people across Derbyshire have put their best foot forward and shown their support for National Walking Month in May, by taking part in the county’s Workplace Challenge.

The programme invited all businesses and organisations across the county to record walking activity between the 1st and 31st of May. The workplace that collectively walks the furthest distance will be crowned the winner and claim a prize.

All those taking part have been ranked on a brand new leaderboard which will only take walking into account and there has also been a mini-competition to find out which district in Derbyshire has walked the furthest.

The Challenge has taken part alongside National Walking Month, which featured national Walk to Work Week from May 11 to May 15.

1,700 people have now signed up to the Workplace Challenge website in Derbyshire. The national programme is aimed at promoting sport, physical activity and health improvements in workplaces across the UK.

Andrea Stone, Sport Development Manager at Derbyshire Sport, which administers the county’s Workplace Challenge programme, said: “The Active Derbyshire Workplace Walking Challenge has been a great success.  With a few days to go we have nearly 100 participants logging their walking.”

“Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.  It makes you feel better, and can help with anxiety and depression.”

“We would like to encourage everyone to walk a little more, whether that be during a lunch break, to school with the kids or around a local park.  Walking is a great way to achieve the 150 minutes physical activity each week recommended for good health.”

Robert Taylour, Assistant Director for Trading Standards at Derbyshire County Council completed an impressive 13.5 mile walk as part of the national Walk to Work Week. His journey took him across the footpaths from Milford to the Chatsworth site in Matlock, and he said: “I set off at 5:22am and got to work at 9:15am! Apart from a couple of blisters, I survived remarkably intact – although I did take the train home!" If, like Robert you have enjoyed the walking challenge and want to tell us more, please contact Rachel.felix@Derbyshire.gov.uk

Walking Tips - For some really useful hints and tips on walking and how it can benefit your health, go to the Live Well section of the NHS Choices website, which can be found here. You can also find out about the 10,000 steps challenge here.

The Active Derbyshire website also has a whole host of local walks listed, ranging from short walks to more challenging routes. Walking is also a great way to make sure you are doing the recommended 150 minutes per week of physical activity. To make sure you are doing enough physical activity to benefit your health click here to read the Chief Medical Officer physical activity guidelines.