Daily Archives: June 1, 2015

Walking As a Physical Exercise

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Human bodies are created for the moving. Ever since the appearance of the first humans, we were walking, running and moving in general. Most of the work done was physical and our bodies adapted to it. Modern humans, on the other hand, don’t move enough. Many people sit while they work, drive to their jobs, use elevators to reach higher floors and remote controls to change channels on the TV and do anything to avoid moving.

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That is not good for our body and soul. Lack of exercise may create may health problems and many people do suffer from the health issues that can be cured with the exchange of the everyday habits. If we talk about the moving, people have a lot of excuses. Lack of the time, bad shape and condition, problems with the joints and so on are all real problems, but as excuses, they are irrelevant.

If you are looking for a simple and rather easy training which can be done in anytime and doesn’t require special equipment and training, try moderate to fast walk.Yes, walking is a good training for anyone. It is a low-impact exercise that has many health benefits. Regular walking lowers the level of the bad cholesterol and keeps blood pressure within the healthy limits. It can significantly reduce the risk of the stroke and heart attack. It also lowers the risk for many diseases, including asthma, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. It prevents dementia and osteoporosis.

If you started to train to look good, which is also a valid reason, let’s not forget it may help you tone your muscles, reduce your weight and keep it in a health level. Walking on a daylight will boost your vitamin D level since that is the only way our body can make it. It will also give you energy and make you happier, especially if you walk through the nature.

If you decided to start walking, there are still some things you need to know. There is no need to get some special equipment for the walking, but make sure things you wear and your shoes are comfortable and suitable for the time of the year and other condition. If you walk on the sun, protect yourself and avoid walking during the hottest moments, especially at the summer. It is not necessary, but you can take a bottle of water to keep hydrated. Start with shorter distances and easier paths, especially if you walk through the nature and increase the intensity gradually.

If you want to walk with the higher intensity, try racewalking or nordic walking. Racewalking is an Olympic sport where you should be the fastest person to reach the goal. The difference between the racewalking and running is in the fact that racewalkers must always during the race have one leg on the ground. Nordic walking is a walking with the specially designed walking poles similar to the ski poles. It is a great workout since it requires the work of the upper body muscles which are not represented enough in other walking and running activities.

To sum up, walking is a great workout suitable for all people, including those with the bad shape, health issues or other disabilities. It can also be a good starting point if you have never exercised to gain some condition before you move to the more challenging disciplines.