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Exercise ... made easy! Did you know that walking briskly and continuously for just 10 minutes counts as exercise? It's probably easier than you think to fit 10 minutes into your day.

A new national campaign called Active 10 launches in August with national TV adverts, press activity, PR and outdoor advertising.

The aim is to encourage mid-age adults to walk briskly for 10-30 minutes each day. Whether we are walking to work, or with friends at lunchtime, to the shops or taking the dog for a walk, there are lots of ways to fit ten minutes of brisk walking into our life.

The campaign features a new, free app that can be downloaded onto smartphones, encouraging us to fit one or more 10-minute brisk walks into our normal day.  It monitors and logs walking activity, and encourages the user to achieve walking goals.  The Active 10 free app is available here: http://po.st/Active10_Devon

EDDC staff have shared some of their own favourite short walks – here are their ideas:

Axminster to follow

Budleigh Salterton to follow

Cranbrook

Exmouth Geoneedle

Exmouth Queen’s Drive

Honiton Combe Wood

Honiton railway path

Ottery St Mary

Seaton Chine

Sidmouth Knowle

Sidmouth Manor Pavilion

Sidmouth Connaught Gardens

More opportunities:

Explore the outstanding East Devon countryside. Discover walks, nature reserves, events, volunteering and education opportunities with East Devon District Council’s countryside team.

LED in the Community offer a busy Community Outreach programme. Walking for Health is a scheme to encourage people of all ages including those with health and mobility problems, to walk for their health.  These walks are a mixture of town and country walks and are aimed at those who are doing very little or no exercise at the moment, but who would like to become more active. These graded walks complement Active 10.