Walking is free. You can start right from your front door, wearing your comfy clothes, and only go out for 10-minutes.
It can also help you manage any problems you may be experiencing due to the Covid-19 pandemic such as slowing down, feeling lonely, or putting on weight.
Our Health Walk Volunteer of the Year - Tommy Clarke - thinks everyone should give walking a try. He says:
For anyone who would like to walk and thinks they can’t due to illness or ability - I say give it a try. Even if you start from walking round the block to exploring your own area, as I found out from my own area, there’s lots of history and stories to discover on your doorstep.
A daily short walk will help you to:
- Enjoy more daylight and fresh air
- Boost your energy levels making you feel more awake and alert
- Enhance your immune system
- Improve your mood
- Stay positive
- Improve your sleep
- Calm your mind and help you forget about your worries
- Expand your memory
- Slow down mental decline
- Help with joint or back pain
- Manage your weight
- Protect your joints and reduce the risk of falls
- Stay functionally fit – this means you can dress and cook your own meals
- Remain independent for longer
- Meet people in your community
- Spend time in nature listening to bird song or wind in the trees
- Watch seasonal changes
- Visit somewhere new
- Travel for free
- Reduce your carbon footprint
As you age your risk of certain health conditions increases. A daily walk can help reduce your risk of:
• High cholesterol
• High blood pressure
• Colon and breast cancer
• Type 2 diabetes
• Heart disease
Regular walking allows you to live well with many health conditions such as cancer and dementia and helps you control diabetes.
For Denis, walking is helping him to live well with early onset dementia.
Betty and Lyra are retirement flat neighbours in Prestwick and go out together with their walking group organised by Dementia Friendly Prestwick. Let them inspire you to get out for a walk by watching their video below.