Get walking to health and guard against killer diseases

MEDICAL experts say walking makes you feel good, gives you more energy, helps you sleep better, reduces blood pressure and enables you to manage weight — as well as offering a chance to meet other people and make friends.

So there are lots of reasons to avoid becoming a couch potato and join in FREE health walks which are being offered by Bulwell Forest Action Group as part of its health and wellbeing programme.

A total of 15 walks are planned on Monday mornings between August 13 and November 5.

All the walks start from the No 17 bus stop at the end of Cantrell Road and next to Colin Broughton Court. The group has four authorised walk leaders.

The well-varied routes take in places which include Bestwood and Newstead Country Parks, Bulwell Hall Park, Bluebell Wood, Watnall nature reserve, Papplewick Dam and Strelley Woodland.

A double feature of a family walk and health walk will take place on September 15 to beat the bounds of Bulwell Forest council ward.

The group is affiliated to Walking for Health England, AgeUK Best Foot Forward and Fit As A Fiddle programme.

Group spokesman Bill Blackamore said: “Some of the walks require the use of public transport and your City card if you have one.

“People taking part should dress sensibly for weather and wear flat, comfortable footwear such as trainers. It may be a good idea to take a bottle of water.”

A health fitness group meets at Henry Mellish Sports Centre, Bulwell every Wednesday.

If you are a man aged over 55 and still enjoy playing sports, Notts County Football in the Community scheme now organises a popular sports-based session called Extra Time on Thursday evenings, also at the Henry Mellish centre.

Participants have the chance to play five-a-side football, cricket, basketball, badminton or tennis.

Bulwell Forest Bowls Club is again offering ‘come and have a go’ sessions on Monday and Friday mornings, starting on September 17.

A red-letter day for the group will be the official opening of Bulwell Forest Community Garden, off Cantrell Road, on Saturday September 8.

Then, on September 15, there will be a fun day for all ages on Bulwell Forest.

Attractions will include live music, a free bouncy castle, face painting, children’s activities and refreshments will be provided.