The UK is facing a mental health crisis and one in four people will experience mental health problems this year, according to the charity Mind. The number of people receiving medication for anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and panic attacks has also more than doubled over the last decade. TV therapist Steve McKeown is determined to do something to help. This April, he will be walking from Eastbourne to Southampton to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Fitness articles are second only to Brexit in terms of polarised responses, but it’s pretty safe ground to argue that walking is both mentally and physically beneficial. It’s also essential to the human condition. It’s not just how we move, it’s how we orient and describe ourselves in the world. Walking has infected our everyday lexicon: we ‘think on our feet’, ‘take things in our stride’ and ‘let our thoughts wander’.
And yet our levels of walking have plummeted…
What if making money was as simple as taking a few steps outside?
Three years ago, entrepreneurs Oleg Fomenko and Anton Derlyatka created Sweatcoin, with the aim of it becoming a global digital currency backed by the economic value of movement – essentially walking or running.
They now have ambitious plans for users in Britain to be able to pay their council tax simply by taking a stroll.
If your demanding work schedule and overload of social and family commitments have left you feeling chronically tired, we’ve got some good news. You can boost your energy and shed those feelings of fatigue with some tweaks to your diet and overall lifestyle.
Combining 30 minutes of morning exercise with short walking breaks throughout the day may help control blood pressure, an Australian study suggests. Adding three-minute walking breaks to disrupt prolonged periods of sitting benefited older, overweight or obese women in particular, the study authors report in the journal Hypertension.
Obesity and sedentary behavior is epidemic in the United States. Research studies have correlated increased rates of cancer and degenerative disease in those inactive and overweight. Regular aerobic activity prevents these diseases and reduces your weight, and the good news is that all you have to do is just start moving. Regular walking of at least 30 minutes, five times a week is correlated with reduced rates of physical and mental illness.
Everyone knows that being sedentary is bad for your health. It’s not the act of sitting itself that will kill you, but the repercussions of moving too little. But, few individuals know just how bad it can really be, or the cascade of problems that happen to your body from head to toe when we live a sedentary lifestyle – whether at a desk, in a car or tv binging on the couch.
Walking the golf course instead of riding in a cart offers heart health benefits that may outweigh potential joint harm for golfers with knee osteoarthritis, a new small study reports.
Taking a morning stroll can do wonders for your blood pressure, according to a study out Wednesday, especially if you’re not moving around much to begin with.
This research found that men and women who exercised in the morning lowered their blood pressure, and that women lowered theirs even further by taking brief but frequent breaks from sitting over the rest of the day.