Better health is just a walk away

Keen walker Bill Godfrey.

Walk your way to health with a new series of weekly strolls.

Active Northumberland has launched a timetable of free group health walks, which vary in length from short and intermediate to long and are led by friendly, trained volunteers.

Health walks co-ordinator David Gregory said: “Going for regular walks is one of the best and easiest things you can do for your health. Most of us know that we should be trying to walk 10,000 steps a day but getting active can be difficult especially if you’ve had problems with your health.

“Some of our walks are very gentle and last just 30 minutes to encourage new walkers and those with long-term health conditions to feel more confident in getting started.

“It’s really easy to get involved. Just turn up a few minutes before the start of a walk.”

Bill Godfrey, from Blyth, is 78 and regularly walks with both the Blyth and Ashington Health Walk groups.

He suffered a heart attack last September and had two stents fitted to improve his blood flow.

He was back walking with both groups within weeks of his operation.

Bill said: “‘The walks are a great way to make sure you get out and about, get some exercise and meet new people as well as old friends.

“I believe that because I have walked regularly, it has helped me recover quickly and return to the quality of life I had before my illness.”

To view a timetable of walks, log on to www.activenorthumberland.org.uk/Activities.aspx and search health walks under the A-Z activity section.

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