Walking is not only good for your body … it's the best thing you can do for your heart ! People often underestimate the benefits of walking, thinking it does not qualify as " real " exercise … nothing could be further from the truth !
Knowledge is power … Know the benefits of walking !
Physical activity doesn't need to be complicated, nor should it be. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life and put you on the right track again !
Regular brisk walking can help you :
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones
- Lift your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
- Decrease stress
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. Challenge yourself to move a little faster each time until you reach " brisk " walking, which normally means you can speak a few words … but not carry on a conversation. ( that is strolling )
Here are a few suggestions to get you educated and excited about implementing the benefits of walking into your lifestyle !
Take a walk along the beach, or on a country road ! Maybe you enjoy the scenery of a nice State Park … or just a lovely walk around your neighborhood? Truth is, any walk … any place … is good for your heart! The sooner we get moving, the healthier we will be! Our hearts and our bodies depend on our mind to set the stage … so thinking about that walk you should take isn't enough … just go for it ! Next time you drive to a mall or even the grocery store … try parking at the end of the parking lot, this is a small step that can make a huge difference ! People often underestimate the power of small steps, they don't realize these steps become a trend and can help build a substantial amount of additional steps taken per any given day. When we make small changes and begin to put more effort into our goals, we become stronger advocates of what we not only preach, but also what our actions show. I know it sounds cliché … but I will say it anways :
EVERY STEP COUNTS !
Many people use a pedometer to measure the distance or how many steps they have taken, and this is a great way to get the recommended 10,000 steps per day ( which is equivalent to 5 miles ). It is common to overestimate how many steps you take per day and unfortunately the norm is about 5,000 steps ( 1 mile is approximately 2,000 steps ). As anything else in life … awareness is key ! Maybe now is a good time to clip on that pedometer and start tracking those steps towards a healthier heart !