Marching On:

The adventure never ends just because we leave the Armed Forces, we just start a new path

From improving your health and fitness to making new friends, joining our walking group has many benefits.

Why you should walk for health:

Evidence shows that regular exercise, 
such as walking, could reduce the risk of depression, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer; 150 minutes of exercise a week could also improve balance, help manage cholesterol levels and strengthen bones. Regular walking can improve your overall fitness, while playing 
a vital role in cardiovascular rehabilitation.

Brisk walking gets the blood pumping 
without putting too much strain on the cardiovascular system; studies found that regular walking could help reduce the risk of heart attacks, heart failure, strokes and angina.

Not only will you get fitter, you’ll also burn calories and become more creative. According to Bupa UK clinical fellow Dr Eleanor Atkins, walking for half an hour at around 6.4km per hour – a swift walking pace – could burn up to 150 calories. Walking is known to be as effective as antidepressants; the mental health charity Mind has recommended ‘ecotherapy’ – outdoor physical activity – be recognised as a clinically valid treatment for mental distress.


Reasons to join a walking group

  • Joining a walking group that suits you can not only be rewarding and fun, but also life-changing, and even life-saving.
  • No pressure
  • You don’t have to rely on  finding your way around a route when you have a walk leader doing it for you.
  • Common interest
  • There’ll be people joining the group for the same reasons you are, whether it’s to get outside more often, meet new people or get fitter.
  • Joining a walking group is a great way to meet others who share your interest
  • Commitment
  • The thought of walking 16km could easily put you off. But when you’ve committed to going, you’re more likely to stick with it. Especially if the group is heading to a place you’ve always wanted to visit but never quite had the courage to go alone.
  • Distraction
  • When you’re with a crowd of people adventuring around a new place, or discussing last week’s episode of Countryfile with your new walking buddy, you can easily cover more ground without even realising you’ve done so.
  • Encouragement
  • The hill looming ahead of you has put a mental barrier up, you’re ready to turn and walk back the way you came, when suddenly, a fellow walker is alongside you, giving you the encouragement and support that you need.
  • Friendship