Walking has been proven to have a lot of health benefits. I'll be discussing these with you, and I hope I'll convince you to get off the couch, or your bed, and start walking. Please keep reading
1. SAVE YOUR GYM MONEY
I personally haven't been to the gym since January, and yet I've lost about 12kg since then. I walk at least 4 times a week, mostly in the evenings. Walking is free, because no matter where you live, there's always a place you can walk, all you have to do is choose the time that's safest and most convenient for you.
2. IT TONES YOUR MUSCLES
Very True, you can get firmer calves, waistline, stomach, arms by walking. It sounds far-fetched but it's sooooo true. Regular Brisk walking tones these muscles.
3. LOWERS YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE
A doctor actually told me this. She recommends it for her patients and it always yields the desired results.
4. REQUIRES NO "SPECIAL" EQUIPMENT
All you need are comfy clothes and shoes, and you're good to go.
5. HELPS WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT
With the right diet, walking can help you maintain and manage your weight.
The advantages go on an on and it even includes, clearing your head. Before I continue, I'll simply show you how to get started.
A pair of comfy shoes are all the equipment you really need. Any shoes or trainers that are comfortable, firm but not tight and don't cause blisters will be perfect for walking.
Wear loose-fitting clothing that allow you to move freely. I personally wear cotton vests, except its cold, I advice against heavy clothing.
For long walks, you may want to take some water in a waist pouch or backpack.
Start slowly, but make sure you build up your speed, because to reap the basic health benefits of walking, it MUST be more than a casual stroll.
How you'll know you're going at a good pace is that you'll be able to talk, but not sing the words of a song out loud.
If you can only walk fast for a couple of minutes, that's fine. Don't overdo it on your first day so that you won't quit.
Begin your walk slowly and gradually increase your pace. After a few minutes, if you're ready, try walking a little faster. Towards the end of your walk (after you've gone for your specified number of minutes) gradually slow down your pace to cool down.
Walk for at least 40minutes a day, and increase your time as you get comfortable. Try to avoid bumpy roads and potholes. Include walking up hills or pedestrian bridges. Finish off with a few gentle stretches, which will help improve your flexibility.
I have some flexibility routines I do (maybe I'll do a post on that soon), this bit is very important, as it helps relieve the muscles after exercise.
Whether you're walking to a friend's house, the market, walking the kids, or walking the dog, try to make every step count. Remember, BRISK WALKING is the key. Let's walk towards a better health.
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