Walking - A Safe Cure for Many Health Problems
Of all the methods of exercising, walking may be the easiest, yet yields the greatest health benefits. Some of the health benefits of walking are as follows:
- Burns fat
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol
- Increases circulation
- Lowers age related memory loss and cognitive decline
- Reduces heart disease
- Reduces risk of diabetes
- Reduces some types of depression
- It is enjoyable
Sounds like a miracle drug. I wish I did have a pill that could do all this, but I don't and neither does anyone else. So put on some comfortable shoes and get walking! As to how far and how fast, it depends on your situation. If you have heart problems, please check with your doctor first. If you get the green light, start slowly and work your way up.
10,000 Steps Each Day
In general a good goal would be to walk 30 minutes a day. As an alternative, you can walk 10,000 steps each day. This has become popular in Japan. To do this, you will need to get yourself a pedometer. 10,000 steps may seem a lot, but try leaving the pedometer on during a normal day. In most cases you will find an additional 30 minutes of walking a day will bring you up to 10,000 steps a day. Here are some ways to add some extra steps.
As for speed, you should move at a brisk pace, not a Sunday stroll. You should walk fast enough to increase your heart rate and breathing rate, as well as break into a light sweat. Once you are in shape, you should be able to enjoy this time and find it to be a good time to think clearly, meditate and come up with new ideas.
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