Yesterday marked the beginning of our campaign to “Walk to Health”.
Walking is defined as “movement at a regular pace by lifting and setting down each foot, in turn, never having both feet off the ground at once”
It has been described as the cheapest, easiest and most compliant form of exercising. Walking is an integral part of our daily activities. Despite the increasing trends in sedentary lifestyles, the general notion is we still move from one place to the other. Even if that is between the refrigerator and the living room couch.
Walking has many health benefits, among which are
- improving mood
- lowering high blood pressure
- reducing bad cholesterol level (HDL) and improving the good cholesterol level (LDL)
- may improve sex drive and satisfaction
- relieves stress and reduces fatigue
- slows mental decline and improves mental health
- great on the heart and lungs
- low impact way to lose weight and maintain weight loss
Walking requires no special equipment and there are fun ways to incorporate walking into your daily routine e.g. while brushing your teeth in the morning and before bedtime or while receiving a phone call.
To begin, you may aim for eight thousand to ten thousand steps a day using a pedometer or an app on your smartphone. This will help to log your movements and progress.
Safety while walking along a busy road should be taken into consideration. Be sure to use the pedestrian sidewalks if available and face on-coming traffic if you must use the road.
Ensure you have a good-fitted pair of walking shoes, not too tight nor too loose
Having your walking playlist set to go is a great idea. What’s more, you may go in groups of twos or more