Professional Social Worker Caroline Rodgers Touts the Stress-Relieving Benefits of Exercise

Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, loves getting out for long walks with friends.

Online PR News – 01-July-2014 – London, England – Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has spent her entire career in the service of others. She is a 1994 graduate of the University of North London, where she received BSc honors in Social Science and a Certificate of Qualified Social Worker, or CQSW.

Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, is a committed professional who has always worked hard at her job. She became a member of the British Association of Social Workers in 1998, the largest professional association for social work in the United Kingdom. "Throughout my career as a social worker," she states, "I helped to develop, implement, and assess programs to address social issues such as domestic violence, poverty, child abuse, and homelessness."

It almost goes without saying that the job comes with a lot of stress. Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has learned to reduce some of that stress by getting away from the pressures of London. "I currently belong to a walking group," she says, "and regularly undertake long walks in the country, as far away as the Lake District and Cornwall."

I helped to develop implement and assess programs to address social issues such as domestic violence poverty child abuse and homelessness.

There are a lot of different ways to get exercise, but as Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has learned, there are a host of reasons that walking is really good for you. For one thing, it has a very low dropout rate. A lot of people start running or cycling, or join a health club, only to give it up for any number of reasons. But walking is something that is always there, and is easy.

There is a lot more to it than that, of course, as Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, knows. A regular walking routine, like the one she has with her walking group, can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, improve blood lipid profile, help maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well being, improve bone density and reduce the risk of osteoporosis, and reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer.

New research is showing that regular walking can also reduce the risk of non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes. Insulin resistance is a predictor of this disease, even in people with normal glucose levels. But a recent British study found that people with a family history of the disease who walked briskly, or performed some other type of moderate to vigorous activity on a routine basis, improved their insulin sensitivity.

Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, has also learned that regular walking can actually make you happy. That might seem like a paradox to some people, but a brisk walk can be one of the best natural energizers there are. Experts say that regular walking boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. It wakes up stiff joints and eases muscle tension so you feel less sluggish.

Finally, walking can make you happy. The ability of exercise to boost mood is well-documented. Studies have shown regular, moderate-intensity exercise, such as brisk walking, to be as effective as antidepressants in cases of mild to moderate depression. Getting active releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety.

And as Caroline Rogers, a social worker, has learned, it’s often a social activity – her walking group has been a great way to socialize. It’s easy to walk and talk at the same time. For greatest benefit, experts recommend getting active outdoors and somewhere green.

About: Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, belongs to a walking group.