Walking and epilepsy

There is no reason why having epilepsy should prevent you from going walking, especially if it is controlled effectively with medication. In fact some people find that when they are active they are less likely to have seizures.  

To ensure you have an enjoyable walk, it is worth keeping in mind the following:

  • If your seizures aren't controlled it is a good idea to walk with someone who knows what to do if you have a seizure.
  • Carry an Epilepsy ID Card issued by Epilepsy Action.
  • If you join a group walk without a companion, inform the walk leader of your condition and tell them where your ID Card can be found.
  • Think about the terrain when planning a walk. Avoid very steep climbs and descents, or paths close to steep drops. The biggest danger during a seizure is usually head injury from a fall, so rocky or uneven paths may pose problems.
  • Build up your exercise slowly and gently and don’t stress or overtire yourself.
  • Plan routes that are easy to cut short if you become too tired or if you have a seizure.

Find out more about the health benefits of walking, or for general information and advice contact Epilepsy Action.