The Nearest Activity to Perfect Exercise!


Walking is an excellent and straightforward form of exercise that can benefit anyone. It is low-impact, which means that there is minimal stress on your joints, and the best part is that it’s completely free! Professors Jerry Morris and Adrienne Hardmand have stated in their book, ‘Walking for Health Walking Works’, that walking is the closest activity to perfect exercise. 


Moreover, walking is an excellent way to explore the stunning scenery that Plymouth has to offer. Our city boasts breathtaking coastline views, and there are miles of beautiful countryside to explore. Keep reading to discover how walking can help you live a happier and healthier life.


Free Health Walks in Plymouth

Start feeling the amazing health benefits that walking can bring and join us for a free community health walk. Click below to view our current health walks schedule.

male walking along the pier in the sunshine
Health benefits of walking

Boosts your Immune System

Physical exercise like walking increases the amount of white blood cells circulating in your blood. These cells fight infection and other diseases as part of the body’s immune system, giving it a real boost.

Health Benefits of Walking

Improves Your Mood

Being active has a whole range of benefits when it comes to mental wellbeing. It improves self-perception and self-esteem, mood and sleep quality, and it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.

Health Benefits of walking

Improves Joint Health

Low-impact exercise, like walking, helps lubricate your joints and increases blood flow to cartilage, which helps it get the nutrients it needs to cushion and protect the ends of bones in your joints.

Health benefits of Walking

Helps Prevent Weight Gain

Walking is important for weight control because it helps you burn calories. Of course, the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn.

Health benefits of walking

Strengthens Muscles

Walking tones your leg and abdominal muscles – and even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk. This increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints to your muscles.

Health Benefits of walking

Improves Bone Health

Walking is a weight bearing exercise, your feet and legs are supporting your weight which makes your bones work harder and this can make them stronger.

Walking Works Report

Health Benefits of WalkingWalking is an effective way to improve health and fitness, and there is evidence to support this claim. Walking for Health has conducted extensive research on the negative impact of physical inactivity on our health, and has concluded that walking is the solution to this problem. This report has been endorsed by Public Health England and highlights how Walking for Health has already made a positive impact on the lives of individuals.