Walking Over Christmas
December 15, 2021
Christmas is a time of celebration, a time to enjoy eating and drinking, spending time with family and friends. Many people will quite rightly forget about their diets and healthy eating, maybe skip a gym session or two. You can do all of this and still maintain your health over the Christmas period so that you don’t have to start from scratch to complete your new year resolutions, by simply going for a walk a day.
Going for just a 30 minute walk every day can have a vast number of benefits for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
If you’re worried about piling on the pounds, walking is a great way help maintain or reduce body fat, allowing you to enjoy all the food and drink you love. It can help to lower your risk of various health conditions such as: heart disease, stroke, cancer and type 2 diabetes. 30 minutes of walking can also help to boost your immune system helping you fight off the common cold and flu that are around this time of year. Walking helps to maintain and build the strength of your bones and muscles and is great for joint health, helping to reduce the risk of musculoskeletal pain and injuries.
Christmas can be a stressful time and many people struggle mentally with the dark nights during winter. Walking at Christmas time or indeed any time is shown to improve your mood, increase your energy levels and help you get a good night’s sleep which are all vital in maintaining and improving your mental health.
The benefits of walking are endless and these above are just a few. So why not take your family out on a Christmas day walk or meet friends for a stroll and a catch up or head out alone for some time to yourself. However, you want to do it, walking over the Christmas period might be just what you need.
Tips for getting started:
You don’t need much to get started. Just make sure you have comfortable shoes and some warm clothing to protect you from the elements.
You may also find it useful to download a free app to track your walks to see your progress and increase your motivation, such as Strava, or the NHS Active 10 app.
Pick a nice walk with lots to see! Websites such as AllTrails will help you with that!
Check out the advice pages on the CSP (Chartered Society of Physiotherapists) website for advice on getting active with a long term condition.
So, whether you’re looking to become more active or want to maintain what you’ve already got, why wait until the 1st of January to look after your mental and physical health? Grab your coat and get out for a walk! If you need more specific advice about getting active with your specific medical condition, call us on 0333 2200 238 to book a consultation with a physiotherapist to discuss your needs and help you to develop a plan with you.