Take steps to get fit this Summer with local health walks

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People can take steps to improve their fitness this summer by joining in a series of health walks around Stafford Borough.

Stafford Borough Council runs the Stafford WalkWise programme, which organises a number of weekly health walks throughout the borough for all abilities.

The walks, led by trained volunteers, take place in Great Haywood, Little Haywood, Stone, Victoria Park, Hixon, Gnosall, Holmcroft, Milford, Derrington and Castlefields.

Councillor Frank Finlay, Cabinet Member for Environment and Health at Stafford Borough Council, said:

“Walking is one of the best forms of physical activity you can do. Regular walking has many benefits that includes weight control, keeping your heart healthy and reducing stress.

“It has added benefits in that you don’t need to join a gym or buy expensive clothing or equipment. You can do it on your own or with others anywhere, anytime and it’s always enjoyable to meet new people and be led by qualified instructors.”

All walks in the programme are free, with no booking required. Those taking part just gather at a designated meeting point.

People are urged to dress according to the weather and wear suitable footwear. They should also bring a drink of water.

New hourly walks around Great Haywood begin from the Memorial Hall’s car park in Main Road, from 10am on Thursday 16 June.

They will include stops to practice gentle exercises and possibly a drink afterwards.

A timetable of the walks, which take place all year round, can be found at www.staffordbc.gov.uk/walkwise-calendar or for more information contact Richard Upton, Health and Wellbeing Community Development Officer at Stafford Borough Council on 01785 619675.

If you are interested in attending the Great Haywood walk please contact Cecilia Coppo, volunteer walk leader, on 07541 588516.