Community Walkabout

A brisk walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended weekly exercise.

At the start of Lockdown 3 we invited anyone (not just TSC Members or Hemel FC fans) to participate in a local walking challenge during lockdown, commencing Monday 11th January 2021. This is part of our commitment to get the people of Hemel Hempstead active; a simple challenge that would hopefully encourage people to use the opportunity of daily outdoor exercise in a safe and fun way and compare their achievements with others. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

We also used the initiative to raise funds for Mind in Herts. Hertfordshire Mind Network delivers essential mental health support in Hertfordshire, providing a diverse range of services from seven Wellbeing Centres and other venues across all ten districts of the county.

The initiative was planned to run for six weeks, but went on for seven in order to bring it up to the start of March 2021 (which coincided with the start of an alternative walking initiative by the Dacorum Mayor); our participants have now exceeded 1500km between them and we hit (and exceeded) our charity target.

Total progress.

Even a brisk 10-minute walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. The NHS “Walking for Health” website has advice and guidance for walking.