The ‘Move More Walking Challenge,’ is a six-week programme to help people achieve the physical activity guidelines and walk a 5km route at their own pace with the ultimate goal of completing a parkrun walk. Each week, participants will be encouraged to increase their step count, increase the distance they walk and introduce some mobility, stretching and strength exercises.
Walkers are supported with video demonstrations and tips on heart health. Each week, participants will be encouraged to increase their step count, increase the distance they walk and introduce some mobility, stretching and strength exercises.
Commenting Tara Curran, Physical Activity Coordinator with the Irish Heart Foundation said, “Walking is a great way to keep healthy. It’s free, sociable, we can do it anywhere, anytime. Regular physical activity can help reduce blood pressure,cholesterol and weight but to get all these great health benefits we need to be active for at least 30 minutes, at a moderate intensity, five days a week.”
“There are 3 key signs that tell you when you are working at a moderate-intensity; you begin to become aware of your heart beating in your chest, your temperature increases and it becomes a bit more difficult to chat, “she added.
To find out more or sign up to the Irish Heart Foundation’s ‘Move More Walking Challenge’ see here.
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