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Walk your way to better health

Walking offers the most amazing health benefits. Join us this May as we invite you all to get out and about in our beautiful county. With the help of our friends at Active Dorset, we have tips, tools, routes and more to share - so put your best foot forward!

Most of us spend far too much time sitting. Sitting for more than four hours a day can increase our risk of long-term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and sitting for at least eight hours a day could increase the risk of premature death by up to 60%.

Walking is a free and easy way to build more activity into our lives. By walking as little as 30 minutes a day, five days a week, you can improve your heart and lung health, prevent arthritis-related joint pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and maintain a healthy weight.

Worried about walking?
If you are pregnant or have a long term health condition you might be worried about exercising. Walking is one of the easiest and gentlest ways to move more so don't be discouraged. Here are Active Dorset's tips for staying safe and enjoying a good walk.

This May, let’s get outside and enjoy the benefits of taking a walk. Build it into our day-to-day as well as taking the opportunity to explore more of the wonderful walking routes our county has to offer. We are so lucky to live in Dorset with its green spaces and iconic coastline, let’s celebrate that fact with a healthy walk!

Get motivated to walk more!
We've produced some free downloadable resources below, full of walking tips, facts and benefits - all of which will motivate you to get walking!

Fancy a walking challenge? Join the #Try20 challenge by Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. They've got lots of walking tips to help you fit 20 minutes of walking into your day.

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How does this work?

The tailored approach LiveWell Dorset uses to come up with solutions to the things that are stopping us achieving our goals, is based upon work done by University College London developing the COM-B model of behaviour change. In this model, all behaviour is influenced by understanding a person’s capability to change, their opportunity to change and their motivation to change. By understanding which of these is the biggest barrier to change, we can tailor support accordingly. This model of behaviour change is at the centre of the support we offer, online and in person.

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