Have you noticed all the people out there walking on our paths, piers and walkways? There’s a reason. In fact, there’s way more than one reason. The benefits are multi-faceted, from emotional wellbeing and better mood to improved weight management and lower cholesterol. Walking is one of the best types of physical activities for someone living with arthritis.
But Rome wasn’t built in a day, so, please don’t think that it’s too late. It’s never too late. Presuming that you have no major mobility issues, walking is the perfect physical activity for almost anyone – yes, that includes you. It doesn’t matter how unfit or out of shape you think you are – it's accessible to most people, and you can start out small. Most importantly, aim to enjoy it – research shows that those who enjoy their physical activity are much more likely to stick at it.
If you have access to a local pool, you could also try ‘water walking’. As such a low-impact cardio workout, water walking is even gentler on your bones and joints, making it a good alternative option to road, path or beach walking.
Read more about physical activity and arthritis here: Arthritis Ireland
If you are interested in accessing our free Be Active with Arthritis Programme directed by a chartered physiotherapist, please email us at: [email protected] This programme, held over six one-hour classes, involves exercises such as range-of-motion and stretching, strengthening exercises, balance and coordination activities, and endurance routines. As well as this, relaxation activities are covered, including the introduction and practice of various stress management techniques which are helpful for stress and pain reduction.
Try even a short walk today and, by this time next month, we can assure you that you’ll be enjoying all the benefits of regular walking.