Walking and your health

Walking is an excellent form of exercise which can keep you fit and active and improve your mental health. Walking can also help you recover from illness as well as prevent it. Here you’ll find advice on walking with a variety of health conditions or disabilities.

Blind and partially sighted people

Walking advice for blind and partially sighted people.

Deaf and hard of hearing people

Walking advice for deaf and hard of hearing people.

People living with or after cancer

Advice produced on behalf of the Ramblers by Macmillan Cancer Support.

People with asthma

Walking advice for people with asthma.

People with diabetes

Walking advice for people with diabetes.

People with epilepsy

Walking advice for people with epilepsy.

People with heart disease

Solo walker

If you have heart problems, have been diagnosed with heart disease or are recovering from a heart attack, walking is a gentle way to start getting active. It can also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, so if you've been told you need to look after your heart then walking can help you make a positive change.

People with limited mobility and wheelchair users

Walking advice for people with limited mobility, and advice on accessing the outdoors for wheelchair users.

Preventing illness

Group walk Brightlingsea, Essex

Walking can help you on the road to recovery after periods of illness and can alleviate some of the symptoms of health conditions. But it isn't just about getting better. Walking can help prevent illnesses from developing in the first place.

Walking after a hip replacement operation

Walking after a hip operation

There’s no reason why you can’t enjoy walking after a hip operation, provided you build up gradually and follow your doctor’s advice about returning to exercise. Keeping physically active before your operation will also help aid your recovery.

Walking during pregnancy

Pregnant walker

The NHS encourages mums to be to stay active and exercise during pregnancy and walking is one of the most popular activities to do, alongside swimming, pilates and yoga. It’s low-impact, free, you can do it from your own front door and it’s easy to adapt your walks to the changing needs of your body.

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