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 Walking for Health and Enjoyment

On the basis of current research evidence, the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health is recommending that, to contribute towards health, people should participate in activity as shown below:

Frequency: Most days of the week (at least 5).

Intensity: At a moderate intensity - the equivalent of ‘brisk’ walking.

Intensity of activity is relative to an individual’s fitness level; what is appropriate for one individual may be too slow or too fast for someone else - it will depend on the level of activity an individual is used to. (Ask your Consultant, Cardiac Support Nurse or G.P. what level of activity is appropriate for you)

Time: For a minimum of 30 minutes - ideally this should be one continuous session of activity but could be divided into 3 periods of 10 minutes or 2 periods of 15 minutes. This has been equated to a 2 mile brisk walk on at least 5 days a week.

The main message regarding the intensity of walking is:
Walk at an intensity which makes you: breath a little faster but still be able to talk; feel warmer; have a slightly faster heart beat. Health walks suitable for heart patients are available in many areas:

Heartbeats walk in Prospect Park, Reading,
Thursdays at 9.45 am. for 10 am start. Meet in car park.
Contact Peter or June for details on 0118 9426105

ThatchamWalkers meet at Thatcham Football Club, Thatcham, Berks,
Tuesdays at 9.50 for 10 am.
Ring Gordon Trent on 01635 827928 or Derick Nobbs on 01635 861317

Sonning Common Health Walks. Ring Chris Brook 0118 9242515

Goring Health Walks. Contact Bernard Novell on 01491 873092

Links to websites on walking

Walking the way to Health initiative web site

Health Walks - Sonning Common

Health Walks - Wokingham

Health Walks - Goring Gap

Walking in England

Walking in Bucks

Walking in Oxfordshire

Walking in Hants