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Durham University

Greenspace

Walking

Walking is a great way to have time to yourself and gives you more energy to do the things you enjoy in life. In the working day it can also help you to unwind and make plans and avoid the stress of traffic jams.

May is the National Walking Month and we are promoting the work of Living Streets, a UK Charity, to encourage staff and students to increase walking during National walking month. Living Streets have kindly created two short walks from the Mountjoy Site.

In addition, there are many local walks from the University Campus, for example to the Wicker Man at Low Burnhill Woods (Woodlands Trust) and self-guided walks which included a walk around the Botanic Garden and the Hay Meadow walk.

Further tips on how to explore your local area safely and walking and running are also available on the Durham County Council website.

Did you know that .....

  • You can burn an extra 50 caloiries per hour by standing rather than being seated - so let's get moving
  • Short walks every day has the potential to increase productivity by up to 30%?
  • When you take a step, you are using up to 200 muscles?
  • Walking one mile can burn up to 100 Calories of energy and walking two miles a day, three times a week, can help reduce weight by one pound every three weeks?
  • People who are active have lower rates of coronary heart disease, high blood presure, stroke, diabetes, colon and breast cancer, and depression (WHO, 2001)

Walk Your Way to Health

Did you know that walking 10,000 steps a day (about five miles) can give you a healthy heart and reduce your body fat? Think this sounds a lot to achieve in one day? You will be surprised. Watch the short video clip on the NHS web site 'The 10,000 steps challenge' to show how easily this can be done.

Walking is also quite simply the most environmentally-friendly way of getting from a to b. It requires no fossil fuels, emits no air pollution, and is generally a pretty quiet way of getting about.