Walking and epilepsy
How to stay safe when walking
Having epilepsy shouldn’t prevent you from going walking. In fact, some people find that when they are active, they are less likely to have seizures.
We’d recommend you always carry an Epilepsy ID Card issued by Epilepsy Action. And if you are new to walking, build up your exercise slowly and gently and don’t stress or overtire yourself.
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. If you are planning on joining a Ramblers group walk, especially if you are without a companion, please contact the walk leader to inform them of your condition and tell them where your ID Card can be found.
Planning a route
Plan a route that is easy to cut short if you become too tired or if you have a seizure. Think about the terrain and consider avoiding 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 be best avoided.
Take your first steps to being more active, with confidence
If you are new to walking Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are ideal for getting started with walking and staying active, especially when you’re living with a health condition. Our Ramblers Wellbeing Walks are available in England and Wales.
Support from trained walk leaders helps you take those first steps towards being more active. And you’ll be amongst a friendly bunch all walking for their own reasons - whether to ward off illness, manage health conditions or boost wellbeing.
Walking can help you manage your asthma and most people with asthma can enjoy walking without worry. We tell you how and help you get started, with confidence.
Jane explains how walking has been a comfort for her and husband Geoff since he was diagnosed with dementia.