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Welcome this toolkit is designed to help you if you are looking to start walking a GM Daily Mile either on your own, with family or friends.
This GM Daily Mile Toolkit is bursting with inspiration & tools to help you take those first steps towards your GM Daily Mile walk. It also includes plenty of tips & support to help you stay motivated along with activity sheets for all to enjoy.
The toolkit is divided into 7 sections;
1. Starting Out
2. Breaking Down Barriers
3. Walking with Others
4. Boosting Health & Wellbeing
5. Deciding Where & When-Top Tips
6. Staying Motivated
7. Celebrating Progress & Success
Are you curious about walking and maybe considering adding a regular walk into your life? OR are you wondering how to get started and achieve a GM Daily Mile that fits into your life? Walking is a straight forward, accessible activity that you can do to help your physical and emotional health.
You simply need;
The thought of walking a mile can be overwhelming, remember a mile only takes about 20 minutes. A mile is approximately 2000 steps.
Spending time with friends, family or neighbours of all ages boosts your health & wellbeing. Does walking with others sound enjoyable? If so, consider inviting others to join you. You can walk with pushchairs, wheelchairs and dogs too. Ask your friends, family, neighbours or work colleagues.
Download a GM Daily Mile Invitation and invite them to enjoy a GM Daily Mile with you.
When walking with others, it is also worth considering;
Download the activity sheets:
Use the 'I Can See It Bingo' sheet and see how many of the treasures you can spot on your walk.
Tick them off as you see them. Aim for a complete line, column or a full house of ticks.
Maybe compete against another person, group or family.
You can use the blank 'I Can See it Bingo' template to create your own hunt too.
If walking with others who might enjoy some activities along the way, try the GM Daily Mile activity sheets to help to explore and learn from the environment.
This download has GM Daily Mile I Spy, Shape Detectives and Colour Detectives activities for you to try on your walks
Walking a GM Daily Mile will support your wellbeing, including your physical, emotional & mental health. Walking supports each of the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation (2008) and used by many local, regional and nationals community & health organisations across the UK.
The five evidenced based actions are designed to improve personal wellbeing, these are;
Let’s see how walking can can support each of these.
How a GM Daily Mile supports The Five Ways to Wellbeing
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Choosing where and when to walk and knowing how far a mile is may be tricky.
Check out our Top Tips;
Check out free Apps and Websites to help you to Work Out a Mile and can help you to Plan a Walking Route if you need some support or inspiration. The Go Jauntly app has some walks specific to Greater Manchester- check it out here.
Working out how far a mile is or how far you have walked isn’t always easy. Why not try these ideas to help you;
- At a steady pace a mile is about 20 minutes walking. Time yourself walking
- You can use free technology on your phone to help count your steps. A mile is about 2,000 steps.
- Decide how long you want to walk for, set a timer on your phone for half that time. When the alarm rings, turn around and walk back to the start. Build up to walking 10 minutes there and 10 minutes back. This will be roughly a mile.
Once you have decided to try a GM Daily Mile, getting started and staying motivated can sometimes be tough. The 6 Steps to Staying Motivated are;
For more details of the above 6 steps take a look at the GM Walking Staying Motivated Guide HERE
Download the tracker
Download the Step Tracker
Download the diary
Remember to celebrate your progress & successes.
Reward yourself when you reach your goals. Phone a friend for a chat, buy a magazine to read, sit and enjoy the surroundings, indoors or out. Small gifts of time to yourself can be very fulfilling.
Remember to celebrate the achievement of goals or targets if you have walked as part of a group.
Download your certificate