Welcome to the Spring Blog from Mike, Lead Physiotherapist for Schools Advisory Service.

For me, this is my favourite time of year, full of hope for the coming warmer months, the daylight hours are coming back and the birds are indeed singing their hearts out at 4am.

I personally always like to be looking forwards (backwards is history and we always need to learn from that) and here at SAS we are planning ahead with a forthcoming series of informative updates about the service and these will be complimented by further support found in the Resources section here.

However, my springtime message to everyone is simple, with the arrival of these springtime morning and evening daylight hours, it is time to dust off those walking boots and Go For a Walk!

Quite simply, walking is one of the simplest and safest forms of exercise and there are HUGE research proven benefits to it.

A brisk walk for only 20-30 minutes a day can make a massive difference to your overall physical health and mental wellbeing. Research shows many positive benefits to anyone who walks regularly; it does not have to be far…and no dog is necessarily required!

Walking has been shown to be the closest thing to “a wonder drug” and it’s FREE! It is also low impact on your joints and still delivers as much cardiovascular benefit as jogging.

The benefits can include:

  • Helping maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat (it even suppresses fat genes)
  • Improves your cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles (the body lays down bone in response to “stress” on them…walking is a gentle form of stress and more calcium is deposited in the bones)
  • Improves muscle endurance
  • Use the time to clear your head from the noise of day-to-day life
  • It has been shown to boost your immune system (no bad thing in a global pandemic)
  • Reduces blood pressure / cholesterol and helps as part of Type 2 Diabetes management
  • Helps lower your bodies inflammatory levels
  • Reduces cravings for those “sweeter” things in your diet
  • Reduces the risk of breast cancer
  • Aids digestion and promotes normal intestinal movement (unlike sitting)
  • Eases joint pain, especially when backed up by a tailored home exercise regime

Further forthcoming SAS Wellbeing advice will feature Ed, our personal trainer, and I collaborating on a package of information on the Male Menopause or “Manopause” and the effects of aging on men!

The work we did on Wake Up / Work Out has been very well received and again shows how SAS will look to offer joined up care across it’s many Wellbeing departments.

Looking back for a moment to previous posting on the Resources page, Long Covid is still very much a legacy issue of the pandemic and SAS are seeing a continually increasing demand for our in-house Long Covid service.

This can be accessed via our Nursing Team and will include advice from myself, backed up with a bespoke programme and access to our SAS Gym service with Ed, to further facilitate recovery from this very debilitating condition. School staff that have accessed this so far have found it extremely beneficial and the positive outlook it has provided is part of the key to recovery.

Much more to follow in these exciting times… but for now, find the time to do that 20-30 minute daily walk and reap the health benefits for free – it’s totally carbon neutral!

Best Wishes


Lead Physio, SAS