Benefits of Walking
Walking is good for you. It promotes a general feeling of wellbeing - not to mention, the fantastic effect it has on one's entire body, skin and organs. There are several walking techniques and numerous ways of measuring your fitness and it's progress on your health.
As walking can improve health and fitness it is suitable for most people.
The Benefits of Walking
Walking is a great cardiovascular activity, requiring only thirty minutes three times a week to obtain a good level of cardiovascular fitness. Numerous studies have shown that walking regularly can result in a significant reduction of the so-called heart risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. You carry your own body weight when you walk. This is called 'weight bearing' exercise. Some of the benefits include:
- Increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness.
- Reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure),
high - cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
- Stronger bones and improved balance
- Increased muscle strength and endurance
- Reduced body fat and Help to control body weight
- Help osteoarthritis
- Enhance mental well being
Walking Safety Tips
- Wear shoes with good support and traction to prevent slipping and falling.
- Use paths and sidewalks whenever available.
- If you must walk on or near a road or street, face on coming traffic so you can see drivers.
- Wear bright or fluorescent colors, such as hot pink, blaze orange, and neon green so that you are easier to spot.
- Don't walk after dark.
- Look in all directions before crossing a street or intersection. Avoid hazardous crossings and intersections when possible.
- If you wear headphones, keep the volume low enough so that you still can hear what is going on around you - a horn, oncoming traffic, voices.
- Pause at curbs and allow yourself plenty of time to cross streets.
- Heed all traffic signs and signals.
For general health, experts recommend accumulating a total of 30 minutes of brisk walking on most, preferably all days of the week. What are you waiting for?
Start Having Fun & Enjoy the Benefit of Walking!