It's not just the 10,000 steps a day you need to pay attention to; it's the pace that is all important with this app.

You're probably mastering your 10,000 steps a day and might have become a bit complacent about it. It's not that difficult to rack up the numbers as you go about your business, whether it's on the way to work or getting the kids off to school. So this app will give your exercise routine a bit of a shake-up.

Active 10 is an initiative from Public Health England and the NHS, encouraging us all to walk briskly in bursts of ten minutes. Each burst is an 'Active 10' and you can set yourself goals of how many you want to achieve in a day. Although, we're all about stepping away from tech when we're in the big outdoors, this app is useful to measure your pace and whether it counts as an Active 10. You'll probably find that you're not walking quite fast enough to up your heart rate and by watching the stats on your phone, it's easy to pick up the pace.

The benefits of walking are manifold, boosting energy and to clear the mind. For long-term good health, brisk walking can reduce your risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

As it says on the website, 'Stop scrolling... and start some brisk strolling.' Download the app on iTunes and just remember, that you'll need to have your phone in your pocket.

March 2018