Walking for Better Health
Why do people walk?
People walk because it's easy to do. It's the primary gait we use every day.
Not only is it easy, walking also doesn't cost a cent to enjoy fresh air and sunshine. Plus, you gain the added bonus of experiencing new sights - depending on the area where you walk.
It's also relaxing, has the ability to relieve stress and can give you a deep sense of peace that lasts long after the walk is finished. But besides all of the fun things you can see and the stress relief you get, walking has a ton of health benefits, such as (just to name a few):
- Reduces risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
- Improves blood pressure, blood sugar levels and blood lipid profile
- Lowers the risk of obesity
- Enhances mental well-being
- Reduces risk of osteoporosis
- Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes
It can be due to time limitations or not wanting to join a gym or not wanting to exercise alone. Yet, walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. You can do it at home, at the office and even on vacation.
You can use exercise equipment or walk outdoors. The possibilities are virtually endless. And unlike fancy gym memberships that require a commitment and a monthly expense, walking doesn't cost you anything - except maybe the cost of a good pair of walking shoes.
Even if you hate exercising, give walking a try. You might just discover that you really like the way that walking makes you feel on a daily basis and when you implement it for more than two weeks, you'll really see a change in your life.
Perhaps you've been sedentary for a while. That isn't a problem. Just get started, even if it's just a few extra minutes per day to start with...
Create your own walking program. Set an achievable goal just for the beginning. Then you can work toward increasing your time as you gain stamina.
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Health Benefits of Walking