The start of a New Year is often when people resolve to better look after their health and for Linda Hackett that means putting one foot in front of another.
As a member of Perry Common Walking Group for 20 years and more Linda knows better than most the benefits of regularly stepping out.
And her message to anyone who is looking to boost their health and wellbeing as 2019 sets in is simple and clear – take a walk!
“It’s not just about the walking,” she said.
“The group was established to help connect people so they form friendships and find others with common interests like cooking or gardening.
“On top of that the health benefits of regular walking are fantastic. It can boost both your physical and mental health and improve your wellbeing, giving you the energy and confidence to try new things and do those things you may have let go of.”
Linda now leads the walking group who meet every Monday and step-out together for 4.2-miles of exercise and fresh air.
“The route we take is the equivalent of 10,000 steps and takes in Witton Lakes and Brookvale Park,” she said.
“There are 12 of us at the moment, men and women of all ages and from all backgrounds, we have one walker who works with the Salvation Army. Anyone can join and all are welcome.”
The walking group meets at 11am every Monday at Perry Common Community Hall. If you would like to join them please call 0121 382 1930. Once the clocks go forward the group will also be doing evening walks, Thursday evenings from 6pm.