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…
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.
The main event for the University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions’ annual celebration of National Public Health Week is the “Step Challenge.” The annual event is designed to motivate members of the UB and greater Western New York communities to walk more and be healthier.
A daily walk or bike ride could double a 70-year-old’s chances of living past 80, a new study finds.
(Reuters Health) – Patients with arthritic knees can add hip-strengthening exercises to their workout to improve the ability to walk and maybe reduce pain, according to a research review.
Jogging for 15 minutes a day, or walking or gardening for somewhat longer, could help protect people against developing depression.
Brock University Kinesiology Professor Philip Wilson has some simple but effective advice for those living with the disease: lace up your shoes and get walking.
You probably know that walking does your body good, but it’s not just your heart and muscles that benefit. Researchers found that the foot’s impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.