Don’t think you have time for a 20-minute stroll? Living Streets, the charity for everyday walking, shares five simple tips with Abi Jackson to help make it happen

We're in the middle of National Walking Month, so how are you getting on with your step counts? Walking is one of the easiest (not to mention cheapest) ways of keeping physically active, and taking the scenic route is always more rewarding than sitting on a stuffy bus. But sometimes, it can also be easy for things to get in the way of taking a stroll.

A survey by Living Streets last year found more than half (54%) of Brits admit they're reluctant to make a 20-minute journey on foot. This year, the charity surveyed more than 2,000 people living in the UK's 10 largest cities to find out why they aren't walking more, and more than half (56%) said they would walk more if it were safer and easier, with traffic and poorly maintained pavements also cited. "While there are good things happening in every city we surveyed, it's clear cities around the UK have some way to go to become world-leading walking cities and this is something we want to help create," says Living Streets chief executive Joe Irvin.

Finding time can be a barrier, but one simple way to overcome this is to weave walking into your daily routine - make it part of your commute or lunch break and tap into the endless benefits a regular stroll can bring. Living Streets shares five simple ways to work 20 minutes of walking into your day...


Did you know the average Brit spends a whopping £1,000 a year on transport? You can easily cut these costs by walking to work, or walking your kids to school. If you can't walk the whole way, you can always skip a bus stop or park your car further away to add 20 minutes of walking to your journey. This will save a significant amount on fares and fuel, and make you feel healthier at the same time.


Incorporate daily chores into a lunchtime walk or weekend wander. Find out where the nearest post office, supermarket or bank is and take a stroll during your break to attend to these tasks. You'll feel energized and stress-free knowing you're on top of those nagging jobs, and add 20 minutes of walking to your day. Get out and about, and get stuff done.


When a hectic week at work is getting you down, walking is the perfect way to zone out and rid yourself of any negative thoughts. Take time for yourself with a 20-minute stroll and absorb all the sights, smells and sounds of your surroundings. Some fresh air and a change of scenery will boost your energy and mood.


Walking is a great way to spend quality time with your loved ones. Instead of sitting indoors or going to the cinema this weekend, why not plan a walking adventure? It's fun, free and hugely beneficial for everyone's health and wellbeing.


As the weather improves, take an al fresco lunch break. Invite your colleagues to join you, pack up a picnic rug and lots of nibbles, and then get walking to find the perfect spot. Some fresh air and a change of scenery will boost your energy and productivity.

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If you want to explore the great outdoors this summer, local walking groups are a great way to get outside, make new friends and discover how walking boosts your health and happiness. Most groups organise regular walks led by local experts and will have different walks to pick from - so you can choose a distance and difficulty level which suits you best. To find one near you, visit or