The Reasons to Consider Going for a Walk
Going for a walk sounds so simple, doesn’t it? But for people living with epilepsy, even a 30-minute walk around the block can seem like a huge challenge. However, this is one challenge that may be worth facing! Getting outdoors and going for a walk has so many benefits
To start, stress is one of the most common triggers for seizures. Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body's natural happy drugs – endorphins. According to several studies, the faster the pace of your walk, and the faster your heart rate, the more you’ll notice this boost in your mood. But even walking at a slow pace will provide those endorphins.
Secondly, a walk can provide a socialization aspect. No matter if it’s catching up with your neighbours as you walk by or going for a walk around the park with a friend, there are multiple ways to increase your socialization through walks. Personally, I love going for hikes by myself and enjoying the random chats I meet with strangers along the way!
If your epilepsy isn’t controlled, it’s important to take safety measures on your walk. Walking with a friend means they can help if you have a seizure. If you’re walking alone, always let someone know your going out, take your cell phone, and stay away from very busy roads. Wearing a medical ID bracelet can also be useful in case a seizure does occur.
Lastly, going for a walk can become a milestone activity. When my epilepsy was uncontrolled and I was confined to the couch or bed most of the day, a walk helped me feel like I achieved something in the day. It may be the smallest action to some, but to others, it’s a milestone. Each step is an achievement.
So, no matter where you are in your epilepsy journey, consider going out for a short walk, even just around the block!