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Walking for better health

  • January 06, 2020
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‘Walking’ for better health

"One of the biggest tools for success also happens to be the simplest." Walking to stay healthy is something most people can do regardless of age. Walking is a refreshing way of maintaining overall health. Just 30 minutes of walk every day can go a long way in keeping most diseases at bay. What’s more, unlike other forms of exercise, walking is free with no demands for special equipment or training!

Some of the many benefits of walking include:

  • Increased heart and lung fitness
  • Good muscle strength and stronger bones
  • Reduced risk of heart diseases, stroke, osteoporosis, and some cancers
  • Improved control of high blood pressure and diabetes

A little is good, but more is better. Gradually boost your walking schedule from regular small bouts to longer sessions. If your goal is to lose weight, consider brisk walks. To build walking into a daily routine:

  • Walk to work or home or opt for stairs whenever possible
  • Schedule regular family walks with children or grandchildren
  • Join a walking club or walk your pets

Walking is generally a safe way to exercise, but it is necessary to warm up and cool down with a slow, gentle walk. Make sure to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Consider wearing loose, comfortable clothing, and shoes that support the right gait. Fitness apps or a pedometer can help track walking workouts. Consider seeing your doctor before embarking on a new fitness walk routine, particularly if you have specific health conditions.

Walking is a great way to combat depression. Walking with friends can turn exercise into an enjoyable interaction. A New Year resolution to keep fit could get as comfortable as to grab your shoes and be on the move!

Developed by Scientific Angle brought to you by Health Meter Services

Disclaimer: Don’t follow any suggestions in this article without consulting a qualified doctor

Source: “Walking for good health”: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/walking-for-good-health