Walking is a great way to help improve your overall health; not just for your physical health but also your mental health. It can also contribute to reducing your risk of having a stroke.
Some of walking benefits are:
- Lower blood pressure.
- Lower cholesterol levels.
- Helping to lose weight if you need to, and maintain a healthy weight.
- Increase your energy levels.
- Improve self-esteem.
- Helping you to sleep better.
More information about the benefits of exercise can be found in our exercise and stroke guide.
Walk Your Marathon this summer
Taking part in Walk Your Marathon is a great challenge to set yourself to get out walking this summer. Choose your way to walk 26.2 miles.
If you have any issues or concerns about your health, please make sure to speak to your GP before starting any new physical activity.
Why walk for stroke?
When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. That’s because a stroke happens in the brain, the control centre for who we are and what we can do. It happens every five minutes in the UK and changes lives instantly.
Recovery is tough, but with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.
- £10 could help us provide group support to stroke survivors, giving them confidence for their recovery.
- £56 could cover the costs of setting up a new volunteer, so they are ready to support voluntary groups in their community.
- £150 could help pay for research into new stroke treatments, as we did with thrombolysis - a clot-busting drug that returns the blood supply to the brain that has transformed the outcomes of stroke survivors who have received it.
- £217 could pay for one hour of Helpline activity, helping the families of stroke survivors support their loved ones after stroke.
- £300 could allow a befriending volunteer to work with a stroke survivor for up to a year, perhaps accompanying them on a bus journey once a week until they feel confident enough to take the same journey on their own.
- £500 could help pay for a five-year Senior Lectureship Award, a critical research role that facilitates life-changing discoveries to prevent and treat stroke.
Whatever your personal fundraising target is, it’s thanks to you that more people affected by stroke are now facing a more promising future.