Health and Fitness

Walking Towards a Healthy Life

Walking is the easiest and one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. It helps to get the body back into shape  and enhances energy levels. It aids in cardio-vascular fitness, weight loss and considerably reduces cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

An extremely easy to begin exercising, walking is a good introduction to exercise for beginners. It is suitable for people of all age groups, as it is a light form of workout, not strenuous like many other exercises.

It is recommended that people, who have just begun walking, should gradually increase the intensity of their workouts. It is very essential to assume a correct posture when walking. The head should be held up high and the eyes should focus forward. The shoulders should be held down and back. Tightening the abdominal muscles may be helpful to those aiming at weight control.

It is important to start up each walking session with warm up and stretching exercises. One may also take a small break in between and then start off with increased intensity.

Drinking plenty of water before, during and after the fitness walking routine may help to keep the body well hydrated. Walking should be inculcated in one’s everyday routine as a daily chore.

There are quite a few walking workouts to cater to different fitness needs. Distance walking helps to build up stamina and burns calories. Speed walking aids in building up walking speed.

Aerobic Walking helps to improve aerobic fitness. Anaerobic threshold walking is useful to enhance performance of athletes.

Walking for 20 to 30 minutes three to four days a week at a fast pace improves cardio-vascular fitness. Brisk walking for 45 to 60 minutes for at least five days a week helps to loose weight.

Recording one’s progress in terms of the distance covered and the time spent helps to keep the motivation levels high. However, it may be advisable to consult a doctor before embarking on a walking workout regime.

Once the walking workout becomes a daily habit, the next thing to review is the eating habits. This will help to check unhealthy eating habits and encourage healthful eating.

Fitness walking is an extremely healthy and wholesome, outdoor exercise. It is good for the heart, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is shown to delay and even avert the onset of conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and arthritis. It helps to relieve stress and overcome depression. Some doctors also believe that regular walking routine may lower the risk of heart attack.

There is nothing like a brisk walk in the crisp morning air to prepare oneself for the daily routine.