Walking Fitness


"Walking Is Man's Best Medicine"
(Hippocrates)
 

                                                                 

 

An Introduction
 

 Walking is something everyone does everyday, which makes it the number one activity everywhere.
Running, Cycling, Skating....None of these come close to the claims that are found practically daily on the benefits of walking.
It has become the #1 participation sport worldwide because of the ease of this activity. Walking requires no special skills or advanced training. It also doesn't really require any special equipment. All that is needed are a pair of comfortable shoes, and clothing. If you want to buy something special, there is always a pedometer to keep track of your distance and steps and they have become quite inexpensive.


The Benefits

 

1. It burns calories as effectively as jogging. 2. Can be done when you are traveling. 3. Slows down osteoporosis which leads to bone loss. 4. Enhances stamina and energy. 5. Improves muscle tone. 6. Lessens anxiety and tension. 7. Lowers blood pressure. 8. Eases back pains. 9. Reduces bad cholesterol levels. 10. Increases aerobic capacity. 11. Reduces appetite. 12. Very easy on your joints. 13. Slims your waistline. 14. Reduces risks of heart attacks. 15. Can be done in as little as 10 minute sessions and still be effective.  


 Shoes

 Shoes can be the difference between having a fun and relaxing walk or an uncomfortable, painful one. When purchasing shoes, follow these characteristics: 1. They should support and comfort all parts of the foot. 2. There should be enough room to wiggle your toes. 3. They should have firm heel support. 4. A flexible and cushioned sole to absorb shock. 5. Preferrably a leather shoe or fabric that allows perspiration to dissipate. 6. They need to be lightweight.
When you shop for them, you don't need to go buy the most expensive walking shoe out there. Go to a sale and look for the best price on a running or crosstraining shoe. They have extra shock absorption for the high impact of running and you save money.


Clothing

 

With favorable weather conditions, just loose fitting clothing such as shorts made of natural fibers and a t-shirt. Or sweats are always fine also. Avoid rubber reducing suits, for they do more harm than good.
In cold weather conditions, wear layers that you can remove as you warm up. In extreme cold, cover all extremeties well with mittens, thermal underwear, and an extra pair of socks. And of course a hat holds in the 30% of heat that escapes from your head. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor about walking in extreme cold conditions. In warmer weather,wear light clothing and of course, a hat again, this time for sun ray blocking. In rain or snow, add a water and windproof jacket.
 


Walking

 

It doesn't matter if this is your first time or you are a seasoned pro, stretching before and after is essential. Stretching before walking helps loosen muscles which reduces the chance of them becoming sore or injured. After stretching, walk at a slow pace for about 5 minutes and then speed up to a brisk pace. If you are new to walking, start with a 10 minute slow pace and extend your minutes and pace slowly to avoid injury which can be discouraging. Gradually get yourself up to the recommended 20 minute walk 3 times a week and eventually more. Keep a comfortable pace that will not hinder your new healthy walking routine. And most of all, don't forget to have fun, and keep moving for a healthier you! For proper cool down, slow your pace for about 5 minutes to keep the blood flowing, if you just stop, your blood will pool and can cause lightheadedness. Don't forget to stretch some more afterwards.

Congratulations on starting on a path to a healthier you, and spread the word to the benefits of a walking routine, you may even end up with a partner where you can keep each other motivated. 

 

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