Walking exercise is one of the best leisure time and recreational activities. And it is healthy. Taking brisk walks regularly help with weight loss, maintains your fitness level and your overall health and wellness.
No matter how busy you are, you shouldn't find any excuse for not taking that 20 to 30-minutes walk. Instead of mopping at home alone, feeling sorry for yourself for being single and not having a date, put on your walking shoes and go out there in the open.
Here are some of the benefits of walking to help push you to take action.
- It is a free recreational activity. You don't have to sign up and pay for anything. A good pair of walking shoes and a comfortable attire are sufficient. Walking out in the open, seeing the landscape and scenery is refreshing for your eyes and mind.
- Walking exercise improves your circulatory system and blood flow. The long term result of doing consistent walking exercise is improvement in your physical, psychological and emotional health. Regular walks improve your energy and stamina. You'll feel fitter, sleep better and feel happier.
- If the benefits of walking mentioned above still don't excite you, how about walking to lose weight? Depending of your age, fitness level and size, you will burn 100 calories for every mile that your walk. And walking helps build your muscles. What this does is it improves your metabolic rate. And what it means is that even when you are resting or sleeping you will burn more calories.
Here are a few walking tips to help you get started.
- Begin with a 20-minutes walk. Do this for a couple of days.
- Then aim for a mile walk.
- Gradually increase your distance by a ¼ or ½ mile.
- Later vary the terrain of your walk. Go uphill, for example.
- When you are comfortable and have gained the momentum of walking, you can alternate between walking and jogging or running.
- Do some stretching after your exercise.
- Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of plain water instead of the sports drink.
If you over 35 years old and haven't been physically active, get a physical check first to see if you have any heart problems or other health issues.
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