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National Walking Month: the benefits of walking for people with learning disabilities

People walking outside for national walking month

This May is National Walking Month, and it serves as annual reminder to explore the great outdoors and reap the many health and social benefits. 

People with learning disabilities are more likely to have poorer health outcomes and experience financial difficulties. Walking is a fun and free way to exercise and socialise – as part of a group or with friends and loved ones and improve overall wellness. Below are just some of the many benefits walking can bring to people with learning disabilities. 


Physical Health Benefits 

Individuals with learning disabilities often face challenges in maintaining physical health. Walking offers a low-impact form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, strength, and endurance without placing excessive strain on the body. 


Routine and Structure 

 Establishing a regular walking routine can provide individuals with learning disabilities with a sense of structure and predictability. Consistent physical activity can help regulate sleep patterns and reduce behavioural issues. 


 Sensory Stimulation 

 Walking outdoors engages the senses, providing individuals with learning disabilities with opportunities for sensory exploration and stimulation. The sights, sounds, and textures of the natural environment can promote sensory integration and enhance overall sensory processing. 


 Emotional Regulation 

Walking serves as a natural outlet for pent-up energy and emotions. For individuals with learning disabilities who may struggle with emotional regulation, engaging in physical activity can help channel excess energy in a productive manner, reducing agitation and promoting a sense of calm. 


Inclusive and Accessible  

Walking is an inclusive and accessible activity that can be adapted to accommodate individuals of all abilities. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll in the park or a structured walk with a support worker, everyone can benefit from the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other. 


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