Why is the 20 Million Steps event important?

Recent figures show that 67.5% of adults in Northamptonshire are obese or overweight. We are working to tackle this scary statistic by encouraging more people to get active.

Staying active has real health benefits including:

  • maintaining a healthy weight
  • reducing blood pressure
  • building healthy muscles and bones
  • improving balance
  • increasing good cholesterol
  • reducing the risk of falls

In fact, being more active also reduces the risk by 20 – 50% of getting serious diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colon and breast cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

People who stay active get less stressed, sleep better, feel better and have a 30% lower chance of getting depressed.

One of the easiest ways to be more active is through walking - it’s a great way for people to increase both their mental and physical wellbeing.

Five reasons to get walking

  • It’s free – there’s no need for expensive gym membership or special clothes
  • Walking can be done almost anywhere, at any time, so it’s easy to take part
  • Walking is perfect for anyone who has poor health or hasn’t exercised in a long time as people can start off as slowly as they need
  • Walking is sociable, it’s a chance to spend time with family or friends
  • Walking can also be done alone, and is an opportunity for some time out and space from a busy lifestyle

Visit the NHS Choices website to find information about the health benefits of walking:

Walking for health​