Walk more

How much have you walked today?

Walking has it all; every walk you take is a step towards good health. Being active is really good for your body, mind and health – and there are lots of easy ways you, your friends and family can get moving.

How much is enough?

The NHS recommends that people exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, but if you don’t walk very much at all, it might be good to break this down into ten minute brisk bursts, and build up to half an hour.

Walking has the most benefits when carried out at a brisk pace. Brisk walking means taking up a pace where your breathing rate and heartbeat increase, but you can still carry on a conversation.

You’ll find plenty of opportunities in Islington to get you moving more.

  • Benefits of walking
    • Benefits of walking

      There are many benefits of walking, it:

      • increases mobility, strength and balance, reducing the risk of falls
      • improves heart health and blood pressure
      • increases happiness and wellbeing
      • reduces the risk of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
      • allows you to get to know Islington better, as well as meet new people,
      • help the environment and is a great way to relax.

      The NHS website contains more information on the benefits of walking.

  • Walking Routes
    • Walking Routes

      There are lots of interesting places to travel to on foot in Islington. To get you started, here’s a link to a range of local walks.

      TfL has produced information on scenic and interesting walks which can be found all across central and Greater London.

      The Capital Ring and Jubilee Greenway walks both go through Islington.

  • Islington Walking Groups
    • Islington Walking Groups

      If you’re unsure about where to walk in Islington, why not join a walking group? Walking with others can help embed new healthy habits, and it’s also an opportunity to meet like-minded people in your community. Discovering new places with others can be really beneficial for your mental and physical health.

      Izzwalkz

      Izzwalkz, part of Healthy Minds, Health Bods, has teamed up with Highbury Grange Medical Practice to provide a weekly health walk in Clissold Park. This group meet every Thursday at 11am outside Highbury Grange Medical Practice, 1-5 Highbury Grange, N5 2QB. This is a very social group.

      Izzwalkz has joined Highbury Walkers weekly health walk in Highbury Fields. Meet every Monday at 10am outside Highbury Pool and Gym, Highbury Fields, for a walk mixed with gentle exercise. This a terrific fun experience, social, and the group has a great mix of ages.

      To find out more about future Izzwalks walks please check their website.

      Hampstead Ramblers Group

      The group organises walks ranging from less than four to more than 16 miles, taking place throughout London and the South-East.

      Clerkenwell and Islington Guides Association

      Guided, mostly paid for walks (£7-£15), of hidden and historic Islington.

      Highbury Walkers

      This peer-led group provide regular walking sessions and gentle exercise in a sociable and supportive atmosphere.  The group meet each Monday morning in Highbury Fields. To book a place contact: highburywalkers@gmail.com

      Islington U3A

      This organisation run short and long walks for Islington, and beyond. The groups are wonderfully balanced; some join walks regularly, others less frequently.  Find out more about Islington U3A walks here.

       

  • Tools to help you walk more
    • Tools to help you walk more

      Sometimes it can be a lot easier to walk to nearby places. Why not get off a stop or two early from your commute to build up extra steps? Or take the school trip by foot. There are many useful walking tools to help you build up your walking, and figure out how to get to nearby places on foot.

      Active 10 

      • Monitor how often you are walking at a pace brisk enough to improve your health.
      • You can set yourself walking goals, share your progress, and plan how you will integrate more brisk walking into your day.

      TfL

      • Information on how to get around London by foot, suggested walking routes and places to see and visit.
      • They also have maps showing how many steps or minutes it takes to walk between tube stations and information on journeys that are quicker if walked.

      Walk it

      • Get a route map between any two points, including journey time, calorie burn, step count and carbon saving.
      • Search for walking directions using the journey planner or try one of the suggested walks You can select different types of routes for your walk, such as less busy streets, and areas with lower pollution.

      CityMapper

      • Enter where you are coming from and going to and it will provide information on the different public transport / walking / cycling options, how long they take and how much they cost.
      • It will highlight where parts of your journey can be walked and will show you if this would be quicker and / or cheaper compared to taking bus, tube or taxi.

      Legible London

      • Easy-to-use signage system that presents information in a range of ways, including maps and directional information, to help people find their way.
      • Over 1,300 signs have been installed in the capital and are great for helping navigation by foot.