Walking is a gentle, low-impact exercise that’s completely free. You could take a walk around your local park, along the beach, or just around the block. It’s also a great exercise to do with the family, why not spend Sunday morning exploring new sites?

If that’s not enough reason for you, here are four great reasons to get out and about for a quick stroll.

1. Walking strengthens your heart

As well as helping you lose weight, walking lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing HDL (good) cholesterol. In fact, the Stroke Association says that a brisk 30-minute walk every day helps control high blood pressure and reduce the risk of strokes by 27%.

2. It exercises the brain

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, regular physical exercise reduces the risk of developing dementia. Research has also shown that walking gives a greater chance of avoiding brain shrinkage and preserving memory loss.

3. It boosts Vitamin D

Many people in the UK are Vitamin D deficient, which affects bone health and immunity. Walking is the perfect way to get your daily dose, while enjoying the great outdoors.

4. It makes you happy

Studies show that in mild to moderate cases of depression, a brisk walk is just as effective as anti-depressants as it releases endorphins and reduces stress and anxiety.*

* heart.org