Walking back to happiness

Walking Back to Happiness

When did you last go for a walk? Not a walk to get somewhere but just a walk for its own sake. In a report in The Independent in August this year Public Health England stated that 41% of England’s 15.3 million adults aged 40-60 walk less than 10 minutes continuously each month at a brisk pace. That’s right, 10 minutes a month.

In the decades since the Second World War we are walking less and less, sitting down more and are heavier and unhealthier than our ancestors. The simplest way to be healthier and fitter is by walking and it’s free!

The biggest advantage with walking as exercise is most people can do it. You do not need to be young and healthy, fit and in training. Barring exceptions, most of us can start walking almost immediately and choose our own level of comfort with walking. Walking helps with weight loss or maintenance, helps to control or prevent heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, strengthens the bones and muscles, improves your mood, and improves your balance and coordination.

Some simple tips to get you on the move are:
• Get the right shoes – they need to be comfortable, light and well-fitted, breathable and cushioned. They should be flexible but give support to your feet.
• Set realistic goals for yourself – if you haven’t exercised much recently then a 20 minute walk four to six times a week is a good start. As your fitness increases aim to walk for an hour a day.
• Keep your arms loose so that they can swing away as they want, the movement of your arms will aid in your walking and help to keep your body loose and relaxed
• Make sure your legs, from the hip down, are engaged in walking. This helps to avoid injury. You may think that of course you’re engaging from the hip down but many of us walk more through our calves or thighs.
• Keep it interesting – vary your speed, walking fast for 2 minutes then at a moderate pace for 5 minutes not only adds interest to your walk but makes you work a little but harder for a manageable length of time.
• Appreciate your location – easy if you’re in a forest or on a beautiful country walk but town and city walks can offer different but just as fascinating sights and sounds.
• Walking doesn’t have to just be for exercise – a 2 hour stroll is also beneficial to your health and can be great for your mental wellbeing.
• Keep your head up, look forward and not at the ground.

Brisk walking is considered moderate aerobic activity, in the same category as riding a bike on level ground, playing doubles tennis, skateboarding, rollerblading or playing volleyball!

Whatever type of walking you’re going for, maybe an amble or ramble, trek or traipse, a stroll, saunter, schlepp or even striding out, the therapists at Holisticare can help prepare or repair you. The top 7 injuries incurred through walking are also the top 7 physical symptoms that prevent us trying in the first place. These are lower back pain, hip & joint inflammation or bursitis, runner’s knee, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, plantar fasciitis and bunions. Luckily we can treat and improve all of those and much more!
So go on then, get out there and take a hike!

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We look forward to hearing from you soon,