The beneficial effects of walking
Gentle/moderate walking can have an extremely beneficial effect
on Ulcerative Colitis. The exercise diverts blood away from the
Colon to the main circulation - which in turn can lead to a reduction
in inflammation. The gentle movement also helps to remove any abdominal
In addition to the above benefits - half an hour a day of
walking will also improve fitness and the feeling of well
being. Walking can also be used as a social activity - relieving
stress and allowing you to meet people.
Many people may be concerned about the issue of lack of toilet
facilities - which can be quite a challenge. I have though
found that after the first 15 minutes or so of walking any
bowel cramps tend to settle down - and you can enjoy the rest
of the walk just like anyone else.
Ideas on walking and other exercise can be found at UK Outdoor
If you want to find others to walk with then you can join a young walking club or group