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We are sure you have heard many times the benefits of walking, but did you know that it really does have ‘SUPER POWERS’ resulting in feeling… HAPPIER, REVITALISED, MORE ENERGISED and even making you BRAINIER?

We were born to move!  What’s not to like about walking?  It’s easy to do and its easy on the joints.  Here at Ashbourne & Hilton Physiotherapy we are advocates of walking and highly recommend it!

“The Better Health” NHS website (Better Health – NHS ( has all sorts of useful information to help with those New Year health resolutions if your motivation is lagging!  Whether it’s losing weight, getting active, stopping smoking  or checking on your mental health, there are some great ideas and resources all in one place and FREE of course!

Some of us here at Ashbourne & Hilton Physiotherapy Centres are embarking on the ‘Couch to Fitness’ exercise program, so wish us LUCK!!! And we’ll let you know how we get on!

Find out more about the POSITIVE BENEFITS of walking :-

Improve your mood!  Lift your spirits by walking, especially in the fresh air!  Walking will help prevent depression by releasing natural endorphins to the body – one of the emotional benefits of exercise.  Walking helps you experience and stimulate your natural sensories to nature, natural daylight and the calming effect of greenery, open landscapes, trees, plants and animals.  A walk round your local streets can give a boost to your socialising even if it’s a smile and ‘hello’ from the other side of the street.  Sharing a smile can have a really positive effect on you and the person you share your smile with.

Enjoy a longer life!  Research has found that people who exercise regularly in their fifties and sixties are 35% less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts.

Improve circulation.  Walking prevents heart disease, increases the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart.  Walking can reduce the chance of a stroke by 20% and by 40% when they step up the pace, according to researchers at the Harvard School in Boston.

Strengthen your bones.   Walking can stop the loss of bone mass for those with osteoporosis, in fact, one study of post-menopausal women found that 30 minutes of walking each day reduced their risk of hip fractures by 40%.

Improve your sleep.  Studies found that one hour morning walks were a very effecting way of reducing insomnia, as well as including the positive effect of the brain taking in the daylight and releasing serotonin to enhance the ‘feel good factor’.  Melatonin is then released at night to encourage quality sleep.

Strengthen Muscles.  Walking tones your legs and abdominal muscles, this increases your range of motion, shifting the pressure and weight from your joints to your muscles.

Lose Weight.  A brisk 30 minute walk burns 200 calories!  Just think, you could drop several pounds by walking regularly!

Lower Alzheimer’s Risk.  Halve your chance of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  A recent study found that men between the ages of 71 and 93 who walked more than a quarter of a mile per day, halved their chances of developing these diseases than those who walked less.

Should you take 10,000 Steps?

Many people now a days like to reap the benefits of technology, especially when it comes to recording their fitness tracking and recording achievements.  Despite advances in fitness tracker technology, many still fail to account for movement that is not easily quantified in steps.  There is nothing magical about 10,000 or 15,000 steps.  The associated health benefits are simply the fact that it is important to take a lot of steps! More, more, more, as many steps as possible!  Even whilst doing your jobs, keep taking those steps, they all count!

Need Help?

We are here to help you at Ashbourne and Hilton Physiotherapy, so please contact us if you need assistance with any ailments. Or, for any lower limb mechanics and foot Orthotics please book in with our physio – Charlotte King BSc Hons, MCSP  –  “We can help you reach your FULL potential.”

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