It’s National Walking Month, and a special walking group for women has been launched in York and across the world.
Glamoraks was created by York-based Melissa Talago (45), who spotted a gap in the market for a community that caters to busy women who juggle kids, careers and ageing parents but who crave some time to themselves in the great outdoors. Talago told The Yorkie: “I think with walking, there are just so many physical benefits. You can lose weight, you can just maintain fitness and there are lots of long-term health and well-being [benefits]…
“But really, the biggest thing about walking is the mental benefits. You just feel better for it, you feel calmer – it’s like a kind of mindfulness and you genuinely do feel happier. No matter how stressed you are before you start walking, by the time you come back, you’ll have a smile on your face and feel you can cope with anything.”
Talago added that a lot of women feel they’re too busy, whereas if they carve out time, it can work for them. They can create an event on the app, saying they’re free at a certain time on a certain day, and connect with other women who might be free at the same time to go walking. She said she’d had so many emails from women who had been inspired to go out walking more.
The social network, trialled in March 2018 and now available online and as a mobile phone app, connects women with similar walking abilities to others near them or in places they’re visiting around the world.
The NHS recommends walking to boost health and well-being. Its website says a brisk 10-minute daily walk can contribute to the recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise .