We have become a lazy world. We rarely get time to walk around anymore. Machines have taken that role, for example, taking the bus or driving your own self from one point to the next. Maybe it is time we went back to those earlier days, when walking was a day-to-day activity. It is a physical activity that provides us with health benefits. 30 minutes of walking each day will work miracles. Now get ready to walk your way to health.
Walking alleviates depression and fatigue. It increases attention and decision making, reducing stress and improving the general mood. It limits chronic diseases, halves the risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease as well as lowering the risk of heart diseases. You get to work the arms and the shoulder muscles whenever you walk, strengthening the legs, quads, hamstring and the hips. You will reduce lower back pains, improve on fitness and manage to keep your weight in check.
Walking is a low impact exercise accessible to everyone and it really does not require special equipment. It is the easiest way to get active and the least to result in injuries. It is basically a mode of getting fit, making your body healthier and is all for free.
As you start your walking routine, remember the following:
Get the right gear: Choose shoes with proper arch support, a firm heel and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet and absorb shock. Wear comfortable clothes and gear appropriate for various types of weather. If you walk outdoors when it’s dark, wear bright colors or reflective tape for visibility.
Choose your course carefully: Avoid paths with cracked sidewalks, potholes, low-hanging limbs or uneven turf. If the weather isn’t appropriate for walking, consider walking in a shopping mall that offers open times for walkers.
Warm up: Walk slowly for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles and prepare your body for exercise.
Cool down: At the end of your walk, walk slowly for 5 to 10 minutes to help your muscles cool down.
Stretch: After you cool down, gently stretch your muscles.