Walking and cycling

Benefits of walking

Walking regularly is a simple, accessible way to get some exercise and improve your health. It's free, easy to do and provides many health benefits. Walking can

  • help you control your weight
  • reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and high blood pressure.

It’s also a great way to relieve stress, become more confident in exploring the neighbourhood, and meet new friends.

Walking is the cheapest, most environmentally friendly means of getting around. If you live in Tower Hamlets area, you may be surprised by how easily and quickly you can walk around. In fact it’s often as quick to walk as it is to catch a bus or sit in traffic in your car.

For good health and wellbeing adults should aim for 30 minutes of activity (including walking briskly) on at least five days a week. Children should undertake 60 minutes of activity a day.

Walking briskly means walking at a pace where you're a little out of breath but can still hold a conversation. Walking at a good pace, most people will cover at least 1.5 miles in 30 minutes.

Everybody is different, but walking a mile will burn off around 100 calories. This depends upon your walking speed, the terrain, your weight, metabolism and a number of other factors.

Find out more

Tower Hamlets Council has a walks programme. More details can be found on the  Tower Hamlets Council website.

Benefits of cycling

Cycling is an efficient, cheap, healthy, non-polluting mode of transport.

If you live, work or study in Tower Hamlets, you are eligible for our free one-to-one adult cycle skills sessions, run by Bikeworks on behalf of the council.

More details can be found on the Tower Hamlets Council website, along with details of the council's cycling strategy.