Researchers have found that brisk walking is just as good for the heart as running can be, it can also help back pain as a low impact form of exercise.

It can also lower the risk of high blood pressure cholesterol and diabetes.

They have estimated that a person would need to walk for three miles at a brisk pace to have the same amount of energy as running three miles, taking around an hour and 15 minutes instead of 38 minutes.

The NHS trust has a great site ‘Walking for Health ‘to help you get started.

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Another good site is Walk Jog Run which is a free and easy way to create running routes or find one from our member running routes.

You can also plan routes for walk, bike rides, runs etc head to Run My Route which allows you to plan your routes and gives distance and a free diary to log your exercise.

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