Walk for wellbeing with Federation initiative

Officers are being encouraged to do more walking for the benefit of their physical and mental health.

Dai Gaskins, the Dyfed Powys Police Federation wellbeing lead, is setting up a series of informal walking events to help get people active.

The first walk is around the Gower Peninsula and will be held in the first weekend in August. The walks are suitable for people with different fitness levels and abilities, and walkers should bring sturdy shoes.

Dai said: “Walking is fantastic for our physical and mental wellbeing. I’ve been walking around 50 miles a week over recent months and have seen some fantastic results.

“I’ve lost about a stone and a half in weight, my energy levels have improved and I’ve regained a real focus. It’s been really relaxing to take advantage of the country and sea views.

“It’s therapeutic and I’d encourage everyone to walk more.”

Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support run “Walking for Health”, supporting 600 local schemes across England to organise short, free walks led by friendly, trained walk leaders.

More than 70,000 people walk regularly through the schemes at 3,400 weekly walks led by 10,000 volunteers.

A new review by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support says that walking is a key to getting people active and cutting thousands of illnesses and deaths every year.

Being active can help you stay a healthy weight, reduce blood pressure and build healthy muscles and bones. It can cut the risk of serious illness such as heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes.

Dai added: “Walking is a cost-effective exercise that’s open to nearly everyone. As well as boosting your health, it feels great to be out in the fresh air. It’s gentle, so you’re not likely to pick up an injury and, if you’re new to walking, start off slowly and build it up until you feel more confident.

“It would be great if we can see as many people as possible taking part, doing something active and possibly meeting new friends, easing the stresses of work, chatting with like-minded people and generally boosting their wellbeing.”

If you are interested in joining the first walk or future events, please contact Dai by emailing him at dgaskins@polfed.org