If you really want to help yourself, walk!
I have studied many people trying to ascertain why some are overweight while others keep a slim and trim figure and I have discovered that walking is a key.
Several expert organizations recommend walking 10,000 steps per day. One great way to measure this is with some of the new technology available. Devices such as Jawbone, FitBit and others will measure your energy burning movements including walking.
I believe that walking should not be considered exercise, but a form of life. It needs to be an automatic attitude every day. And, you need to consider where and how you are walking to get maximum benefit from it.
When walking, swing your arms in conjunction with your leg movements. Walk at a brisk pace and make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. Investing in good walking shoes is wise.
You can get even more benefit from walking by choosing extreme walking paths. While a flat surface will burn some calories, try heading out for inclines, stairs and other areas that are more difficult. I have heard that walking in sand or in soggy ground will force you to use more energy in your leg movements and can help you even more. Also, walking on uneven surfaces such as cobblestone or brick roads or paths make the walking a little harder and therefore burns more calories.
If you are just starting out, schedule 30 minutes every day to walk. Start at a steady pace and pick the pace up as you feel comfortable doing so. As you get adapted, start adding some other exercises to the walk. When you stop to rest, try some squats, jumping jacks, deep knee bends and stretching exercises.
I guarantee you will begin to feel a new human coming out of you as you commit to a daily walk.
How walking will help you
You will have a better attitude
Your mood will change. If you have suffered from depression, anger or other emotional issues, you will see those issues change. You will have a renewed attitude about life and I would bet you will smile more than ever before.
You will realize that you can
When you see how you are able to commit and walk daily, other goals you have in life will seem reachable. You will realize you can do anything if you set your mind, and heart on it.
You will become more creative
A 2014 study showed that walking sparks creative juices. That study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Learning, Memory, and Cognition. The experts administered tests to walkers and sitters and found the walkers to be much more creative.
It will help your digestive system
It will all get more regular. Do I need to get any more technical?
You will lose weight and have great legs
You will probably get compliments on how wonderful you look. You will see a whole new you in the mirror.
Less chances of chronic disease
There are multiple studies proving that walking lowers health risks.
- The American Diabetes Association states that walking lowers blood sugar levels.
- A 2002 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that walkers had 30% less chances of cardiovascular disease.
- Researchers at both The University of Colorado at Boulder and The University of Tennessee showed that walking controls blood pressure thereby reducing the risk of stroke.
As you know, my tag-line is Just Keep Moving. Walking is a great way to do just that. Just find 30 minutes a day to schedule a good walk. You will be glad you did.
Make it a fun activity. You may want to try different area. Walk a park; walk a mall; walk a beach; walk anywhere you can walk.
Tell us about where you walk.
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Thank you… Now I’m going for a walk.