Do you remember your first tottering steps? Then you felt steadier and the steps turned more into a run and soon nothing could hold you down, you were up and away – you could walk! How much walking do we do as we grow into adulthood? Sadly the number of people who spend most of the day sitting down continues to rise. Buy you could make a difference to your health and fitness, start walking to feel good.
How exactly does walking help us stay healthy and fit? Tons of research and various studies have been conducted, all reaching the same conclusion, walking helps to control diabetes and heart trouble, reduces high blood pressure, increases longevity and so much more. What is important is that feeling of health and fitness you get as you walk.
Walking as an exercise does not require any great investment, I would say investment is practically zero except for a pair of comfortable shoes to walk in. Carry your socks with you when you go shopping and wear them when trying on the shoes, which should be comfortable to move about in. It is recommended that you start off slow, walk to warm up and gradually increase your speed. Set a pace that you are comfortable with and keep to it, there’s no marathon to be won.
Some of the health and fitness benefits associated with walking are detailed below to give you the impetus you need to start walking.
- Many of us experience symptoms of depression and stress from the fast paced, highly pressured lives we live. When you walk for approximately 30 minutes a day you will find that feeling of depression being lifted.
- It would be great to improve the functioning of our minds and you can do this with walking as studies have shown. Walking for approximately 2 hours a week will help you improve your thinking and reasoning powers. In simple terms the brain begins to function better!
- Walking improves your physical functioning, as well as your cardiac and respiratory functioning and helps to prevent many of the ailments associated with aging
- Medically the benefits of walking have been proven time and again to help prevent type 2 diabetes through weight loss; strengthen your heart, prevent coronary problems and improve mortality rates. You can prevent cancers from attacking your body and increase bone density.
Why not begin walking your way to a healthier and a fitter life – it’s free!