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Health and Walking

Physical activity is very good news for your heart and health in general:

  • It halves the risk of developing coronary heart disease.
  • Among people who have had a heart attack, people who are physically active are more likely to survive than those who are not active.
  • When part of a rehabilitation programme it reduces the risk of dying after a heart attack.
  • It reduces the risk of having a stroke.
  • It helps lower blood pressure.
  • It reduces the chance of developing diabetes.
  • If you already have diabetes, it can help control it.
  • It helps you lose weight if you are overweight.
  • It can make you feel more energetic.
  • It can relieve stress.
  • It can lower the risk of osteoporosis.
  • It can help you relax.

You can find out more about the benefits of exercise by visiting the NHS Choices website (note this link will take you to another website)

Why walking is good for you

People who benefit the most are inactive people who start to take regular moderate exercise, such as brisk walking. A little activity is better than none! And benefits will start to come as soon as you start being more active.

Many people who do regular physical activity say that it makes them feel better, and that they notice an improvement in their mood and self-confidence. It can also be sociable and a lot of fun.