I love walking! There are just so darn many good reasons to put on your runners and head out the door!
Let’s start with the fact that it is an exercise that you don’t have to practice to get your form right! Most of us have been doing it quite successfully for years! It is available to just about everyone, free of any costs! And, for the most part, it is safe! You don’t even need a spotter!
Some of the benefits to walking a good brisk walk are as simple as keeping you mobile, because the longer we stay stationary or sedentary the longer we will likely stay stationary or sedentary!! And that’s when a heap of other problems can start to creep up on you.
Walking can lower blood pressure! Walking can help you to maintain your weight, or even to lose a few pounds! Walking has been known to help lower the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol! Walking briskly, as a routine, can help you elevate your mood and keep you strong and fit!
Whether you choose to go on a solitary walk to clear your head of the day’s thoughts and issues, or find a companion and make it a social event, walking is a great way to get healthy and stay healthy. If you are walking alone, make sure to let somebody know when you are going and where you will be walking.
Before you start your walk, make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes that have good support and a cushion type sole. Dress yourself in clothes that are also comfortable, brightly coloured and weather appropriate.
When you start out, walk slowly at first to warm up those muscles and then do a few stretches, especially your calf muscles and hamstrings! Now you are ready to really get going into a nice brisk pace. If you are just getting out there, after being inactive for a while, just take it easy, and increase your speed and time a little every day. I made a resolution to get moving this year and was gifted a pedometer, which is a really fun way to measure your progress.
Walking your way to good health, both physical and mental, is a great gift to yourself, one you can afford to do every day! Why not give it a try? It could be the best thing you ever do for yourself!