We’ve shared a lot about exercise on the blog. From patients taking on big challenges like running the London Marathon and tackling marathons abroad to sharing information about triathlonstennis and aqua cycling, it can seem that as far as exercise is concerned, you either go big or you go home.

But that simply isn’t the case.

We treat a variety of age groups, from the very young to the elderly. We believe that exercise is not only for people who are able to take on big challenges or who genuinely enjoy pushing themselves to the limit. Exercise is a basic human need – we need to use our bodies to keep them functioning at their peak.

Often, the simplest forms of exercise are the best.

Walking is simple, low impact and easy to fit into your day. You walk every day; you may not see it as exercise, but that’s exactly what it is. If you’re not a fan of more high intensity exercise or are simply unable to do it, here’s how walking can benefit you:

Take more steps
It’s easy to think that simply walking to the bus stop is enough, but you can always do more. Walk to the next bus stop or get off at an earlier one. Try and find ways to increase your steps every day. It can be a fun challenge and definitely gets you out and about.

Walk the dog
Dogs are a great excuse to get out and take a walk. If you don’t have a dog, borrow one. If you can’t borrow one, find another excuse to get out and walking. Consider what errands you could do on foot – if you only need a few items, walk rather than take the car.

Go on holiday
Some people get the walking bug and end up taking up a more intense form of walking. All over the UK there are trails and hills to be climbed. If you are feeling adventurous, check out your nearest trail and set off!