Pro’s easily outwalk cons

2016-03-15 06:00
Retreat residents took part in a 2km fun walk to get them active and promote health.

Retreat residents took part in a 2km fun walk to get them active and promote health.

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A physiotherapist at Retreat Day Hospital, says walking on a regular basis is very beneficial for your body.

Levona Johnson says people must try doing it all the time.

To reap the most health benefits walking must be done at least three times a week for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. The walking action must not be like a normal stroll but a little faster to activate all the organs in the body.

If someone is not used to walking for its health benefits they must start walking for just a few minutes and increase the duration gradually.

To promote a healthy community and raise disability awareness Johnson organised a 2km walk for Retreat residents which took about two hours. More than 100 people took part in the walk.

Johnson says she thought doing this would be a good thing to promote health and disability awareness among community members.

Disabled people in wheel chairs or on crutches joined in the walk. Others even took part in the walk with walking sticks.

Johnson says the perception exists that walking together or attending walking groups is for those with money, but it’s not the case.

“Walking is for everyone and it benefits everyone. People need to walk socially for health benefits and to enjoy themselves.

“People who took part really benefited from it and we are encouraging them to do it all the time. It was a successful event and we hope that people will do it more and more.

“Walking helps with blood flow and a healthier heart. It makes all the organs function on an optimal level and, above all, it outweighs all the negatives and keeps people healthy,” she says.

“The walk also showed us that even people in wheelchairs also want to participate in normal things, just like everyone else, so we want to do it more to benefit the people.”

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