Walking is the most popular leisure activity in the world. Billions of people do it everyday, most without thinking about it. Walking saves lives. Walking changes lives. Walking improves lives. Walking gets us from A to B, and from where we start to where we want to be!

Walking offers multiple health benefits and is relatively easy on the muscles and joints. Walking improves your heart rate and circulation, muscle strength (which is essential for doing everyday activities), bone strength, and decreases your risk of osteoporosis (which causes brittle bones), balance, which can help to reduce the risk and severity of falls, energy expenditure, which burns kilojoules and helps you lose or maintain a healthy weight, overall health and wellbeing, self-esteem and stress levels (Ministry of Health, 2018). Walking can reduce the risk of certain health-related conditions, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. It carries a low risk of injury (Ministry of Health, 2018).

Walking is ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels, even those who have been inactive. It can be as easy or as hard as you want it to be, but a brisk pace for 10 minutes or more produces more benefits. Walking is a great activity when it is done alone, but can be even better when done in groups (Ministry of Health, 2018).

If you say that someone “walks tall”, you mean that they behave in a way that shows that they have pride in themselves and in what they are doing. Walking Tall is about doing something that makes yourself and others within your local community feel proud of who they are and where they come from.

Walking Tall will improve the physical health and mental well-being of New Zealanders of all ages by helping them be more active in their local community. The Walking Tall Aotearoa team wish to target regular recreational walkers, and transform the lives of those who currently only do it to get from Point A to Point B. You may have heard of the Walk of Life, we’re about about walking tall for life. We’re starting in Auckland, but have plans to offer similar opportunities across Aotearoa/New Zealand.

All Walking Tall New Zealand events allow the walker to decide how far they wish to walk, and how much litter they wish to pick up along the way, with individual stages ranging from 8km up to 52km. Some can walk even further. Why not come and join one of our three Auckland-based charity walking challenges.