Walking For Good Health

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Walking has always been considered one of the best exercise for good health.  It is also one of the easiest ways to stay physically active and it can be done anytime, almost anywhere and it's also inexpensive.  Walking can be the best way to get started on a new fitness program.  No matter how old you are walking can help you stay active and improve your strength so you can stay independent.  You don't need to join a gym or buy special clothes, all you need is a pair of sneakers with sturdy heel support.  Walking may: 

  1.   Give you more energy to do the things you want to do.

  2.   Strengthen your bones and muscles.

  3. Helps keep your muscles toned.

  4. Prevent or delay some chronic diseases. like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.

  5. Improve your balance.

  6.  Get an opportunity to socialize with friends and family.

  7.  Perk up your mood and help reduce depression.

Before you begin any exercise or diet program you should see your doctor and let him or her know you're starting a walking program.  Discuss any new symptoms such as shortness of breath or dizziness, chest pain or swollen joints.  Exercise should not hurt or make you feel very tired.  There are a lot of free healthy weight pyramid tools available on the internet, by entering some basic information you can get an idea of how many calories you should consume and how much activity you'll need to do each day in order to successfully lose or maintain your weight.  As you plan your program:

  •   Choose a safe place to walk. 
  •   Find a partner or group of people to walk with you.  Your partner or partners should walk at the same pace with you.
  •   Wear clothes that keep you dry and comfortable.  Look for fabrics that absorb sweat and remove it from your skin.
  •   Wear shoes with thick soles that will cushion your feet and absorb shock, has a firm heel and proper arch support.
  •   Start slowly to avoid getting sore and stiff muscles and joints and gradually begin walking faster, going further and walking for longer period of time.  Warm up for 5 minutes by walking slowly.  Do light stretching after you warm up and cool down.
  •   Try to exercise at least 3 times a week for 30 minutes.  You can walk shorter amounts throughout the day if you cannot do 30 minutes at a time.
  •   Wear brightly coloured clothing if you walk at dawn, dusk or at night.
  •   Do not wear headphones or jewelry.  Notify your police station of your group walking time and route.  Be aware of your surroundings.
  •   Walking correctly is very important.  Walk with your chin up and your shoulders held slightly back.  Swing your arms as you walk and your toes pointed forward.
To find walking programs in your area, you can contact your YMCAs, YWCAs, fitness centres, recreation associations and religous groups.
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This article was published on 2010/04/03