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7 Surprising Benefits of Walking for Female Health 

Anna enjoying the benefits of walking whilst out on a hike in the countryside

The overlooked benefits of walking

May is National Walking Month! Walking is often underrated, but it has many benefits for female health and I frequently prescribe walking to my patients for a whole range of problems.

In this quick-fire blog post, we’ll find out what the health benefits of walking are. From improving pelvic floor health to boosting mental well-being, taking a regular walk can have significant positive impacts on women’s overall health and vitality.

Let’s explore seven surprising benefits of walking for female health.

1. Pelvic Floor Health

Walking helps strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor, which is crucial for bladder and bowel control, especially after childbirth or as women age. Regular brisk walking can reduce the risk of incontinence.

It’s a fantastic way to recover and build strength after having a baby, especially in those early days – just take it steady and listen to your body. 

2. Digestive and Bowel Health

A brisk walk stimulates the digestive system, aiding in better digestion and bowel movements. If you suffer with constipation and bloating, it’s a fantastic natural method to help move things along! If you suffer with pelvic organ prolapse, constipation is something you are definitely going to want to avoid! 

3. Benefits of Walking on Mental Health

Walking is a natural mood booster. It releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression. A leisurely stroll in nature or a brisk walk with a friend can significantly improve mental well-being and reduce stress levels.

4. Connection and Community

Walking offers an excellent opportunity to connect with others and build a sense of community. Whether it’s joining a walking group or simply taking a stroll with a friend or family member, the social aspect of walking enhances emotional well-being and provides support networks.

5. Connection to Nature

Walking through nature is clearly a lovely thing to do.

Research supports that people who spend 15-20 minutes in nature everyday report more positively about their health and wellbeing. So why not combine this with walking? Nature walks have been shown to reduce cortisol levels, lower blood pressure, and increase feelings of relaxation and rejuvenation.

6. Weight Management

Walking regularly, especially at a brisk pace, can aid in weight management. It helps burn calories, boost metabolism, and improve body composition, making it an effective exercise for women looking to manage their weight, especially if higher intensity or high impact exercise is limited due to injury or pelvic floor dysfunction currently.

7. Heart Health

Walking is a cardiovascular exercise that strengthens the heart and improves circulation. It helps lower blood pressure, reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol, and increase HDL (good) cholesterol levels, thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. 

8. Metabolic Health

Insulin resistance increases in peri- and postmenopausal women which increases our risk of type 2 diabetes. However, walking helps regulate blood sugar levels, especially if you take your walk straight after your meals.

Benefits of Walking for Female Health

From enhancing pelvic floor health to boosting mental well-being and heart health, walking offers a multitude of benefits for female health.

It’s easy, free and requires no special equipment. However, if you find that you are struggling to get walking due to joint pain or pelvic floor symptoms, please do get in touch and we can get you back to doing what you love!

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Anna Winstanley

Hi I’m Anna, a Women's Health Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor in York with a nerdy passion for all things women’s health and wellbeing. I’ve worked with countless women over the years, helping them to feel strong, overcome pain and improve their quality of life so they can be marvellous mums, excellent employees and super selves.

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