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This GM Daily Mile 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.
It 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, as well as activity sheets for all to enjoy.
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:
Try the ‘I Can See It Bingo’ sheet and see how many of the treasures you can spot on your walk. Aim for a complete line, column or a full house of ticks. Maybe compete against another person, group or family.
Check out the other activities in this toolkit- there’s quite a variety! (See above for links)
Download the 'I Can See It Bingo' sheet here
The GM Daily Mile I Spy, Shape Detectives and Colour Detectives activities provide 3 different activities to engage everyone.
Remember there are other activities in this toolkit- there’s something for everyone.(See above for links)Download the 'I Spy and more' sheet here
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
Download the 'At A Glance' poster here
Choosing where and when to walk and knowing how far a mile is may be tricky.
Check out our Top Tips;
There are many free Apps and websites to help you Working Out a Mile or help you to Planning a Walking Route if you are looking for support or inspiration. These downloads include the direct links you will need. 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 the following ideas to help you;
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
Click here for a Minute Tracker
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 here