What Are The Health Benefits of Walking?


Malvern Hills Walkers Holding Hands Copyright Jan Sedlacek

From improving emotional health to the physical, walking has many proven benefits. Often underestimated as a form of exercise, even just thirty minutes a day can overall boost your quality of living. An exercise that’s free, doesn’t require a gym membership or expensive equipment. And, of course, you just can’t beat the Malvern Hills and the Teme Valley for a good ramble.

From issues such as stress, self-confidence, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis to even some types of cancer; walking can help combat a variety of conditions. Not to mention to keep fit or in shape and improve cardiovascular health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that just seventy-five minutes of mild exercise significantly improved their fitness.

Walking helps boost your mood because it increases blood flow and blood circulation to the brain and body and has many proven mental health benefits.  Not only fighting depression and anxiety, but walking physically calms your central nervous response system responsible for your stress response.

Doctors can now also prescribe country walks and to spend time in green open spaces to people as a way to boost patients’ physical and mental health and to ease the burden on the NHS.

There’s no better place to explore than The Malverns with an abundance of different types of walks to choose from with incredible views along the way. Our walk’s have the particular following health benefits:

  • Help to maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat.
  • Help to improve cardiovascular fitness.
  • Help to strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Help to improve muscle endurance.

For inspiration, please see our variety of walking guides and trails in our Walk Finder or Walking Blog.

Walking Route Finder

You can use our walking route finder to browse & filter our growing selection of some of the best walks in Worcestershire.

So, whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll around one of our towns or a stomp up the Malvern Hills, you’re sure to find something to suit!