Benefits of Walking

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What if we all knew that taking a brisk walk on most days of the week for at least 30 minutes wouldn’t just improve but also maintain our overall health?

Maybe there wouldn’t be many laying on hospital beds and dependent on medications. We can have a positive influence on our lives by doing the simple things. In the scientific world, it is said that all of us carry our own body weight whenever we walk. This is termed as weight-bearing exercise. It is worth mentioning here that it cost no penny in doing a walking exercise.

Hence the question: What does one benefit from this short time spent during walking?

• Increment in cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness
• Strengthens bones
• Reduction of excess body fat
• Boost muscle power and endurance
• Reduce heart disease, stroke, type II diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day”- Henry David Thoreau

Because walking is not too rigorous, people who are overweight, elderly or haven’t exercised for long time could be beneficiaries of this low impact exercise. It is however worth noting that you try to make walking a part of your routine. There’s no specific time for walking, so find the time that is convenient for you.

Below are ways to build walking into your daily routine:

• Walk the dog
• Instead of driving, walk to the local shops
• Instead of the lifts, use the stairs
• Get off public transport one stop earlier and walk home or to work

Things to remember

• Walking for 30 minutes a day or more on most days of the week is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health
• If you can’t manage 30 minutes a day, remember ‘even a little is good, but more is better’.
• Walking with others can turn exercise into an enjoyable social occasion
• See your doctor before embarking on any fitness program, particularly when over 40 years, overweight or haven’t exercised for a long while.