Stop reading this article for a minute. Get up off that chair, and go outside, then come back in. Now that you’re back, have a think about how you managed to get outside, and then back to your chair. That’s right, you walked.
Walking uses hundreds of muscles, each one needing oxygen to break down your body’s stores of fat and sugar to provide the fuel so you can travel from one spot to another. It’s a natural thing to do.
One of the best things about walking is that you have nearly all the equipment you need built in. Have a look down at your body. See those long appendages at the bottom of your torso. They’re called legs. Legs have evolved over millions of years as the perfect equipment for exercise.
Your own human legs often take up half the length of your body, so they are meant to be used, and used for walking. All you need are some warm, comfortable clothes and a pair of light and comfortable shoes, and you’re set to go.
Remember that although the weather is turning cold, your body temperature will go up as you start burning fuel for muscle movement.
Dress in layers, so that you can take off the outer layers as you warm up, and put them back on as you cool down.
Try to dress to avoid sweating if you are outside on a cold and windy day, as it’s easy to catch a cold, or a muscle or joint chill. Buy a set of cheap cotton or open weave nylon gloves to keep your hands warm, but not hot and sweaty.
Walking delivers all of the recommended cardiovascular benefits of exercise in a low-injury package. The walking action is so natural that there is virtually no impact on the joints of the body.
If you walk correctly, health and fitness will follow automatically because you will be more active and physically involved in your own life.
There is no age limit to walking. Younger people can also walk to improve fitness. You must have seen that Life. Be in it ad that showed a family out walking on a picnic, or the arthritis prevention ad that shows a range of people walking for pleasure, fitness, or sports performance.
Walking for fitness is a continuous, rhythmic aerobic exercise guaranteed to use up calories. Like any form of aerobic exercise, you need to follow some basic rules. Firstly, you need to walk every day, for a minimum of 30 minutes each day.
Secondly, you need to walk at a pace that causes you heart beat to increase, your breathing rate to go up, and your body to feel warm.
Thirdly, prepare and recover your body. Spend the first five minutes strolling along, to get you muscles and energy systems “switched on”.
Slow down for the last five minutes to a slow walk to give your muscles, heart, breathing, and body temperature a chance to get back to normal. Lastly, stretch your calves, hamstrings, quadriceps, rear shoulders, and lower back after each walking session.
Try some tricks to give your muscles a better workout. Walk backwards for a hundred metres, and you’ll notice some different muscles in your legs doing the work. Make sure this is safe, though.
Try it on a straight stretch of even path way, free of obstructions and cyclists. Or buy some light hand weights of about 200g to 500g to increase the work done by your upper body.
Walking is fun. If you need proof, compare the self-centered look of discomfort on an average runner’s face to the happy chatter and interested look on a group of walker’s faces as they take in the sights on their daily constitutional.
You should take up walking if you want to lose body fat, improve cardiovascular health, slow down the process of osteoporosis, reduce stress, and improve your social, mental, and physical functioning.
“Walking burns anywhere from 120 to 200 calories in 30 minutes. “
Resouce : http://www.health.harvard.edu/diet-and-weight-loss/calories-burned-in-30-minutes-of-leisure-and-routine-activities
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A health-beauty expert, and Lifestyle & Wellness blogger from Los Angeles. She’s happy to share her health and beauty secrets.
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