Walk Your Way to Better Health

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Walking. It is something you learned to do around the time you were one year old! You have been doing it your whole life! There is no easier way to get from the kitchen to the living room than walking.

You get my point. Have you ever thought about doing more of it to help your body reap health benefits?

Now is the time to get started!

Why choose walking when you can do other forms of exercise? First of all, walking is a low-impact activity. This means that it is easy on your joints and does not cause a lot of pain. Walking is also free! You do not need to join a gym to walk. You can walk outdoors in nice weather and inside at a local mall in inclement weather. It can be done alone, or with friends! And, you already know how to do it, it does not require any practice! See how easy it is to do?

Walking is a great way to take care of your body.

Often times, our own health is put on the back burner as we are busy taking care of our jobs, our families and other commitments. The benefits of walking are amazing. Walking helps:
* Lower your blood pressure
* Manage your weight
* Improve your mood and alleviate depression
* Reduce/manage type 2 diabetes
* Strengthen your heart

How much walking do you need to do to reap these health benefits? Thirty minutes a day, five or more days a week will do it! What if you are not able to walk that far? Begin with a ten minute walk. Walk 5 minutes one way, and turn around and walk the other 5 minutes back. When you are able, increase your time by 3-5 minute intervals. You can repeat this three times a day to get your 30 minutes of walking in.

In order to begin a walking program, you need to purchase a good pair of walking shoes. Make sure that they are comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes when you walk. Clothes that are loose-fitting are a good choice. Make sure to dress for the weather. If it is cool, you will want to dress in layers so that you can take off your sweatshirt when you warm up. If you are walking in the early morning or late evening, be sure to wear bright colors or a vest with reflective tape to ensure your safety.

Walking is very easy to fit into your life. You simply have to think about it and make conscious choices to change your habits. Trade your riding lawn mower in for a push mower. When at work, walk after you eat your lunch instead of driving to a restaurant. Walk up to the mailbox to send your letter. Walk over to your neighbor's house to chat instead of using the phone. I think that you understand my point.

What easier form of exercise is there to improve your overall health? None! So, as soon as you finish reading this, why not grab your walking shoes and go for a walk?

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This article was published on 2010/03/29