Since suffering a Subarachnoid Brain Haemorrhage in January 2016, I have gained a lot of happiness and wellbeing from going out on short walks with my ‘Therapy Dog’ Daisy and some of my closest friends.
I feel very lucky to be able to go out on these walks, after suffering such a major, life-threatening health scare – and I believe walking has really helped in my recovery.
Like many Brain Aneurysm Survivors, before I started walking I was feeling very low, suffering panic attacks and insomnia, but I have found that walking and getting out into the fresh air has really helped my overall recovery and sense of wellbeing.
Since suffering the Brain Haemorrhage, my self-confidence and independence has taken a big knock and I now feel very vulnerable. Unlike before, I no longer feel confident to go out walking alone, so I am very lucky to have so many good friends, who have volunteered to walk with me.
I feel very fortunate indeed, to have met Lisa Slaymaker, who lost her mum to a Brain Aneuerysm and who is now a very close friend and walking buddy.
I have personally gained a lot of Therapy from walking. It gives me a real sense of peace and tranquility, which I don’t always get at home, being a single-mum to two rowdy teenage boys.
Lisa and I have both gained a lot of benefit from walking and we would like to invite others affected by Brain Aneurysms to join us on any of our future walks. Please check out our Events page for details of future walks.
Here is a video of our most recent walk, at Hawley Lake.
Research has shown that increasing your daily walking is directly related to your mental and physical well-being.
- Aids in weight loss; burns body fat
- Strengthens bones; reduces risks of bone fracture and lessens severity of osteoporosis
- Prevents type two diabetes
- Strengthens heart and its improves efficiency
- Improves overall fitness
- Lowers blood pressure; reduces cholesterol levels
- Increases high-density lipoprotein
- Improves efficiency of lungs
- Raises metabolism even while you rest
- Helps control appetite
- Increases energy
- Slows aging
- Reduces risk of colorectal, prostrate, and breast cancer
- Aids rehabilitation from heart attack and stroke
- Promotes intestinal regularity
- Strengthens legs, hips, and torso muscles
- Reduces stiffness in joints due to inactivity or arthritis
- Relieves most cases of chronic backache
- Improves flexibility and posture
- Promotes healthier skin due to increased circulation
- Helps alleviate and prevent depression
- Improves several cognitive functions
- Improves mental alertness and memory
- Aids intellectual creativity and problem solving
- Elevates mood
- Improves self-esteem
- Helps relieve stress
- Relieves sleep apnea and insomnia.