Six Reasons to Take a WalkPosted: Dec 03 in Activity Recommendations, Health And Wellness, Weight loss by Dr. Lazarus
Health and fitness are popular topics of discussion, even among the most sedentary people. Nearly everyone understands the importance of moving their body. Not everyone can or wants to commit to a rigid exercise program or a time block at the gym. Fortunately, there’s an exercise option for the majority of people that is relatively easy and only takes as much time as you want to devote to it. Walking is, by far, the most unrestricted fitness activity out there. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes and somewhere to go. The benefits are huge on so many levels.
- Walking burns calories. You may not get the same level of burn as you would from running, swimming or a more aggressive sport but there is still an overall benefit. Aim for an uninterrupted stretch where you don’t have to stop to talk to people or get distracted by anything else that might slow you down. A consistent pace is going to yield the best outcome by maintaining a steady heartbeat.
- Walking is as healthy as some medications. You may lower your blood pressure and also lower your risk of type 2 diabetes by lacing up those tennis shoes and stepping outside. There’s also a lot to be said for a good walk on the treadmill indoors, especially if you don’t have a safe outdoor walking environment.
- Walking is good for your muscles and good for your bones. As our bodies age, bone density starts to decrease, often much sooner than many people realize. Even people with physical restrictions need to pursue some form of fitness to support their inner structure. Walking could be just what the doctor ordered.
- Walking is a great way to improve your outlook on life. Walking gives you a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and focus on whatever you have going on inside your head. It energizes you both physically and mentally and gives you a chance to blow off steam before going back to face the world.
- A regular walk can lead to a better night’s sleep. After you’ve cleared your mind, lowered your blood pressure and shored up your bones to be strong enough to face another day, your body will reward you with a satisfied level of tiredness. A consistent walking routine is an excellent cure for insomnia.
- Walking can be done alone, with your significant other or with a group of other dedicated walkers. The choice is yours. It’s a choice you can make every time you lace up those walking shoes. You’re in control.
Walking is a gift of health you give yourself. Whether it’s a walk around the block or a ten mile hike through the woods, walking is a one size fits all activity that works well for almost anyone at almost any stage of life. You don’t really need any reason to indulge beyond the pure enjoyment of the activity. All of the other advantages are simply a bonus.