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Walking is easy on the body rather than vigorous exercises and competitive sports, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good method. Walking can be tailored to most fitness and health needs.
Walking can help improve your heart’s health, especially in adults to reduce the risk of heart and cardiovascular diseases. A study published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society confirmed that men and women of 65 years of age or older, who walked for at least 4 hours every week, were at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Walking can be a great exercise to help you lose weight because it helps deal with the fat around your belly, known as ‘visceral fat’. This layer around your vital organs affects their ability to work and is linked to a wide range of health issues.
It is important to note that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you are taking in. The amount of calories burnt depends on the walking pace and how much weight you have. You might find it useful to know that 10,000 steps is equivalent to five miles a day.
Walking every day can help control blood sugar levels. In turn, can help you prevent type-2 diabetes. Studies have shown that a daily 30-minute walk can lower the risk of diabetes by up to 60%.
You should take advantage of early morning walks. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and sunlight is one of our best sources. Of course, you must never forget to wear sunscreen.
It can increase productivity, creativity and improve your mood. Walking can make you more energetic and active. It can also help calm your nerves and relax your brain to spark creativity. Several studies show that physical activity can help prevent depression. So whenever you are feeling down, go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air.
No wonder walking has been popular throughout the years. It is easy and can provide a ton of benefits for everyone. It also targets your legs and glutes to help tone muscles and reduce fat. Walking works the major muscles in your legs and moving uphill is great for your glutes. If you keep up a brisk pace you can make it a good cardio workout.
Walking can improve your posture, but only if you do it right. Proper posture starts with your sternum aka breastbone. When you lift your sternum up, it puts your shoulders and neck into correct alignment.
The bags you carry can also have an impact on your posture. If the bag is too short or heavy it can interfere with the ability to move your arms. This can throw your balance off and prevent you from using your muscles appropriately.
Whatever you wear on your feet also impacts your walking ability. So make sure you get proper footwear for your next exercise sessions. The best advice is to give shoes the shake test before you buy them. Shake your foot around and if the shoe stays on your foot without gripping with your toes then you are good to go.
It is important to track your progress because it allows you to be more efficient in your time and workouts. It can also be used as a motivating and reinforcing way to keep you active to achieve your goals. By doing this it allows you to make changes within your schedule or modify it to achieve the result you are looking for.