“Highway to Health is a simple and innovative scheme which aims to encourage people of all ages to walk for leisure and good health. It uses attractive pole signs at one-kilometer intervals on an established route.”
Every adult in Northern Ireland should accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity on most days of the week.
Northern Ireland has one of the highest rates of heart disease and stroke in the western world. Taking regular exercise is one effective method of reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Highway to Health Whitehead: This seaside walk goes from the Yacht Club to the split in the paths just beyond Sunshine House. It measures exactly 2 Kms and is marked both at Kms and half Kms. Due to its “there and back” format walkers are offered measured walks ranging from one to four kilometres.
There are 70 main Highway to Health walks located across Northern Ireland, for you to choose from. The Highway to Health routes are supported by NICHS and the local councils. Details of all Highway to Health walking routes including route descriptions, images and downloadable maps can be found on WalkNI.com
People who have not been taking regular exercise should start slowly and gradually build up to 30 minutes per day. It may be advisable to consult your doctor if you have any history of cardiovascular disease in the family or if you are overweight. It is important in these instances that you begin with gentle exercise, moving to a brisker pace in time.”