Walking Exercises

by Sharon Hopkins

Try walking exercises if you want to stay fit. Walking is not only the easiest, but is also the least expensive ways of staying physically fit. It is also very versatile and one can walk both indoors as well outdoors. Our sedentary lifestyles sometimes cause us have very low fitness levels. In such cases, walking is an ideal exercise, especially if you are obese. Walking allows you to work out at a pace that is steady and consistent, which in turn allows effective burning of fat in your body.

Exercises such as tennis or baseball give the body time to get back to using carbohydrates. However to effectively burn fat the body constantly needs to be in the fat-burning form. In the case of walking exercise an individual’s body moves in the fat-burning mode very successfully. There are several types of walking exercises such as stair climbing.

Walking Exercise Benefits

There are several walking exercise benefits as these exercises help to increase circulation and burn fat easily. Here’s more on why you should walk more often.

  • Walking exercise helps reduce diseases such as depression, stroke, heart attack, and more. It lowers your blood pressure and cures sleeplessness. In fact research has shown that the health risks can be cut in half by walking for about two miles everyday.
  • Walking gives a boost to your brain power. This holds true especially in the case of those over the age of 60. Walking for just about 15 minutes everyday and gradually building up their speed and time improves your thinking skills.
  • Men in their middle ages have a reduced risk of erectile dysfunction.
  • What better reason than walking for weight loss? Walking exercise not only helps you get rid of inches but also pumps up your metabolism.  
  • Walking impacts your mental well being as well. It improves your moods, relieves anxiety and gives a boost to your self-esteem.
  • Walking strengthens the bones as a result of which you are less prone to falling and injuring yourself. Being physically fit also lessens your likelihood of sustaining injuries as your muscles and joints have more flexibility.
  • Your risk of colon and breast cancer is reduced by walking.
  • The risk of type 2 diabetes can be reduced by walking

Here are some tips to help you get started with your walking exercise program.

  • When beginning a walking exercise program one question that we often ask is” How quickly should I walk? The answer is simple. You can walk at a speed that allows you to comfortably have a conversation with another person. This is also known as the “talk test”.
  • Make sure your walking exercise shoes are comfortable and of a good quality. Shoes should provide good support to your arch and have a heel that is slightly elevated. The material that supports the heel should be made from some stiff material that provides support to your heel.
  • It is important that you maintain a good posture while walking for exercise. Swinging your arms, keeping your head up and a holding a straight back along with a flat abdomen is the best way to walk. The strides you take should be long, but make sure you don’t stress yourself while walking.
  • Having a walking partner may help you stick to your walking exercise routine. If you are not comfortable walking with someone, listening to music on your headphones will do the trick.
  • If you plan to cover long distances while walking always make sure your carry some water or fitness drink with you. If the weather is extremely hot and sunny, make sure to wear a hat and lather on the sunscreen.
  • Always check with your doctor before beginning a walking exercise program especially if you are suffering from some chronic medical condition or have had some injury. Not having medical issues does not necessarily mean that you are fit to start a walking exercise routine.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible and you will find that you will have no need for a walking exercise machine!

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