On 11th July, members of the Dawoodi Bohra community of London held a “Women’s Wellness Walk” to enjoy – and raise awareness of – the benefits of walking for physical and mental health.
Over 20 women made the 5-mile walk around the grounds of Holland Park and Hyde Park in central London. Women of all ages participated, from teenagers through to ladies in their 70s. The walk was presided over by Umaima Zainuddin, head of the local Bohra women’s association.
Maintaining one’s health and fitness is an important part of the Dawoodi Bohra faith, and walking – particularly among the spectacular gardens of London’s beautiful parks – provides a healthy workout for the heart and lungs, and is proven to boost mental health.
Dr Tasneem & Sarrah Engineer, organizers of the walk, said, “We all live more sedentary and secluded lifestyles than perhaps we should. Regular brisk walks are a wonderful way to counter that. They provide a good workout for our heart, lungs and muscles. And when we walk with friends, we’re engaging in healthy conversations too, which are essential for our mental and physical well-being. After such a long period of lockdown, this couldn’t be more important.”
They added, “Physical wellbeing goes hand in hand with mental well-being. A healthy mind in a healthy body!”
The ladies of the Dawoodi Bohra community of London consider walking to be one of the simplest ways to stay active, and are committed to continuing their Wellness Journey throughout the summer.