Information for those with Ulcerative Colitis

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 cramps.

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 Organisations

If you want to find others to walk with then you can join a young walking club or group

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