Experience the benefits of walking thanks to Let’s Walk North Bristol

July 02 2018
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North Bristol NHS Trust and Walk Your Way to Health have teamed up to produce a map of local walking routes to encourage people to experience the benefits of exercising.

Improved health and wellbeing are often linked with getting outdoors and taking part in exercise.

The ‘Let’s Walk North Bristol’ map highlights a number of routes varying from half a mile to over two and a half miles near Southmead Hospital and the surrounding area meaning there are options for all.

The scheme was kick-started by Mick Broggio, who wanted to give something back after walking aided his post-operation recovery. Mick said: “I was unable to get out walking for around two years prior to my hip replacement, but after that I was determined to get fit again. I began walking around Horfield Common, but eventually extended my route and then began to walk to and from my appointments at Southmead Hospital.

“I wanted to give something back. When I was recovering walking gave me a sense of freedom and I felt back in control of my life. So I got in contact with the sustainability team at the Trust and I’m hopeful others can benefit from what we have produced.”

The launch of this initiative coincides with the launch of Public Health England’s new Active 10 campaign that aims to get people more active by taking part in ten minutes of brisk exercise each day.

As well as the obvious physical benefits walking has, being outside is proven to have a positive impact on people’s mental wellbeing.

Dr Huzaifa Adamali, Respiratory Consultant at North Bristol NHS Trust, said: “Walking is simple, free and has many health and wellbeing benefits. With the routes based around Southmead Hospital it means clinicians can encourage to walk for their physical wellbeing, this coupled with access to local green spaces can benefit their mental health.”

To find out more about the Let’s Walk North Bristol and to see the routes visit the North Bristol NHS Trust website.