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The Health Benefits of Outdoor Activity

By Mike Johnson M.D.

The benefits of outdoor exercise are elaborated by many sources1-5

It leads to better health and improved quality of life. 

Outdoor exercise specifically decreases the incidence of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and osteoporosis. 2,3

Outdoor activity decreases symptoms of depression.5

And it increases confidence.  And it’s fun. 

The outdoor environment is not always conducive to mobility aids. 

So you can tailor activities to a reduced mobility requirement (e.g., yoga, picnics, gardening, outdoor concerts, yard games).1 

“Find the right mobility aid.  If you normally use a cane, but know that you’ll be spending more time walking around outside than normal, bring along another mobility aid like a walker for backup”1


This is good advice, but do you really want to limit activity and use a conventional walker?  Remember those creaky things with tiny wheels?  Even worse are the wheel locks that require indoor floors to lock.

Dumbing Down Outdoor Activities, or Not………..

But what about real activities like hunting, fishing, birding, dog walking, and exploring?


Those with an active life finding themselves with decreased mobility due to aging or disease are counseled to maintain as much of the activity they previously pursued. 


Here is where the Outdoor Activity Extender plays a role.  The cantered, wide wheels of the Walk’n’Chair were designed for outdoor surfaces.  The Walk’n’Chair morphs to be a chair to rest on, a walker with big wheels, and in a pinch will function as a typical wheelchair.  The basket will hold your binoculars, water bottle, sunscreen, and extra jacket.


While the Walk’n’Chair is cleared by the FDA as a wheelchair (k935211), it does much more.  In fact, it is an anti-wheelchair.  That’s why we call it an Outdoor Activity Extender.  It is our mission to keep people with mobility impairments such as Parkinson’s disease, disuse atrophy, mild stroke, neuropathy, and generalized weakness away from a sedentary reliance on a wheel chair.


The Walk’n’Chair is manufactured in Montana (and British Columbia), places where people treasure the outdoors.  And yes we have hunters using the Walk’n’Chair to get in a few extra seasons.  And fishing fanatics get priceless extra fish.  And the old hound gets extra walks! 


Some of our customers use the Walk’n’Chair to go down to their boat dock, haul hay for their horses, and propel their one-man band.  These users will be featured in detail in further issues of this blog.

Many people with compromised mobility still fondly remember hunting, fishing, birding, and hiking!

The Walk’n’Chair morphs to your outdoor needs.  It is


  • A Rough Terrain WalkerA Smooth Terrain Walker
  • A Rough Terrain Wheelchair
  • A Smooth Terrain Wheelchair
  • A carrier of all things fishing, hunting, and hiking.
  • A resting place in the woods
  • A stabilizing platform for binoculars and cameras.




Even Doctors are Prescribing Outdoor activity


The UKs National Health Service has authorized doctors to prescribe time outdoors. 


The web page Children and Nature references 700 articles on the positive mental and physical health aspects of outdoor exercise.5


Sometimes the physicians are the last to know……


  1. 5 Outdoor Activities for Seniors with Mobility Problems, https://healthyone.org/5sembracing outdoor summer fun like never before.-outdoor-summer-activities-for-seniors-with-mobility-problems/
  2. Activities for Wheelchair Bound Individuals,


  1. Exercise and Physical Activity https://patient.info/health/physical-activity-for-health


  1. Natural Medicine: More Doctors Prescribing Time Outdoors, Olivia Rosane, Oct 22, 2018.  https://www.ecowatch.com/natural-medicine-doctors-prescribing-outdoors-2614316041.html


  1. Web page Children and Nature.org https://www.childrenandnature.org/research-library/

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