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Why walking is the best medicine after hospital treatment

Written by Fiona

February 11 2021

If you have recently received hospital treatment, you’ll be looking for ways to help your recovery. So, why not take up walking? Read on to find out more…

Recovering from hospital treatment can prove to be difficult. Depending on the type of treatment you have received, and whether there were any potential issues that were out of your control, the road to recovery may appear long and daunting.

Once you’re finally away from your hospital bed and you’re able to enjoy the comfort of your own home, you’ll want to start thinking about how to speed up the recovery process. What better way of starting your road to recovery than taking up a spot of walking?

If you’ve been through a heavy operation, or you’re feeling the effects of clinical negligence experienced during your time in hospital, then it might be exactly what you need. Keep reading to find out more.

10 reasons why walking is the best recovery method after hospital treatment

Gentle Form of Exercise to Get Back on Your Feet

If you’ve just been to hospital, it’s doubtful that you’ll want to jump straight back into any rigorous exercise. The weights can wait! Instead, gentle exercise is the order of the day, meaning that walking should be at the top of your list.

It’s important to get yourself moving as much as possible after hospital treatment, but you certainly don’t want to overdo it. Walking is the perfect place to start.

Burns Calories

Plenty of people underestimate how good walking is for your physical health. Even under normal circumstances, walking is a great way of burning calories, which means it’s equally important to get yourself on the go after hospital treatment.

There may be a desire to remain within your shell after your treatment, but that’s only likely to have an adverse effect on your physical health moving forwards. So, let’s get moving!

Can Do It with Others

The great thing about walking is that you don’t have to enjoy it alone. In fact, you can have a go with just about anyone! 

Of course, that doesn’t just mean other people. If you’ve got a dog, they would enjoy nothing more than to spend a little bit of time with you in the great outdoors. This is especially the case if you’ve been in hospital for some time.

Great for Mental Health

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Walking is proven to be a great way of helping to boost your mental health, as it helps to reduce anxiety, depression and a generally negative mood.

Hospital treatment could leave anyone feeling vulnerable, especially if you suffered from a traumatic experience made worse by hospital negligence. So, to help combat these mental health issues, taking a short 30-minute walk every day can be of great use.

Helps to Build Confidence

When you’re short of confidence, it can be difficult to find ways of getting yourself out of a rut. You can use walking as a platform to help to build your confidence back up again, helping you to get back to your normal self.

Even if you’re a naturally confident person, being in hospital is bound to have an effect. By going out on walks, you can prove to yourself that you’re capable of setting goals and achieving them, meaning you can start to work your way up to more strenuous tasks.

Eases Joint Pain

If your hospital treatment, or any clinical negligence that occurred during your hospital treatment, has restricted your mobility, you might be at risk of suffering from joint pain. This can lead to something more serious like arthritis, so it’s important to take action if possible.

Short walks every day will help to protect your joints, lubricating and strengthening the supporting muscles. 

Helps to Manage Other Conditions

There’s a chance that, although you were in hospital for one reason, you might be suffering from another unrelated clinical condition. Sometimes, those conditions can begin to worsen if your daily movement is restricted, owing to your hospital visit.

Walking helps to combat that issue, by improving your general health across the board, minimising any adverse affects you might suffer from a lack of mobility.

Doesn’t Take Long at All

We all know that time is a precious commodity, so we don’t want to waste any. Good news, then – walking won’t take up much of your day at all! 

You can walk for as long as you like, or as far as you want – it’s completely up to you and what you feel capable of achieving. If you only want to go for a short 15-minute walk around the block, then the decision is yours to make.

Meet New People Through Walking Clubs

An extended hospital visit can often leave people feeling isolated when they return home, which is why it’s important to connect with as many people as possible.

Thankfully, there are plenty of different walking clubs you can sign up to join, such as Walking for Health. This has been set up to support people who are suffering from a health condition.

Boost Your Immune Function

The last thing you want when you’re recovering from a visit to hospital is to get ill. That’s where walking comes in handy. 

A previous study showed that people who regularly walked took 43 percent fewer sick days per year than those who did not walk. Not only that, but their symptoms were lessened if they did get sick.

Are You Recovering from Hospital Treatment?

If you’ve been in hospital for a long period of time, there are bound to be plenty of speedbumps along the way. That said, hopefully this has convinced you that walking is the answer if you’re looking to start your road to recovery following hospital treatment. Getting out into the fresh air should set you on the right path.

Have you taken up walking as a way to recover from hospital treatment? Why not leave a comment sharing your own experiences?

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