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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 to encourage staff to increase walking during the month and beyond, the University is promoting the Living Streets #Try20 tips. Staff are also invited to 'rate your walk' and in doing so can be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a family city break.

The University is also running its own 'walking week' in which various walks are available including nordic walking, taking self-guided walks around the Botanci Garden and the Hay Meadow walk, or joining a guided walk to either the Wicker Man at Low Burnhall Wood in Durham or a walk along the River Tees from Queen's Campus, Stockton. View the list of walks available. Please note you will need to register for the Nordic Walks.

Guided and self-guided walks available around the Durham and Stockton areas were promoted for those unable to joing the organised walks.

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).

Nordic Walking

Nordic walking takes place every Tuesday (sticks are only optional) at Maiden Castle reception running from 1.30-2.30pm. The walk will either take in Old Durham, Houghall Woods or along the River banks (depending on the terrain/weather). The walk usually takes place no matter what the weather, therefore sensible footwear and appropriate clothing is a must.

Please contact Lynn Preston on extension 42165 or by email lynn.preston@durham.ac.uk to book a place.

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.

Going Green!

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. For more information visit the 'walkit' website.

Why not join a local walk

Stockton

There are a number of local walks taking place in Stockton of varying degrees. If you would like to know more about the walks in your area please visit the Stockton 'Stepping Out' website for information about walking and their leaflet listing all the walks due to take place.

Durham

There are many events taking place in Durham and a list of guided walks in the Durham area and further information is available.