While exercise has its obvious benefits, for some, the idea of intense physical exercise can be quite daunting. When a simple walk has incredible health benefits why not get out and enjoy the fresh air instead?
Exercise and eating well becomes more of a necessity for a healthy and happy life, the older we get, so it’s certainly a good idea to find something that works for you.
Walking is already one of most popular physical activities in the world. It’s one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier and it’s also open to nearly everyone.
There are lots of reasons why walking is so accessible:
• It’s free – just find your nearest footpath or scenic route, strap on some sturdy shoes and away you go.
• You don’t have to fork out for expensive gear – your normal clothes will do just fine.
• Walking can be as fast or steady as you feel comfortable with. You can take it at your own pace and increase it gradually, so you’re unlikely to get injured.
• It’s a chance to socialise and catch up with friends while doing something healthy at the same time.
• It’s a healthy way to get around.
• There are no time limits or restrictions on when you can do it.
• It’s a great start, if you’re hoping to get fitter – and as you get fitter, walking should inspire you to try out other healthy activities.
If you’re looking to get started with some healthy walks, you’ll be pleased to hear that regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack and certain diseases, as well as chronic illnesses, such as type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
It also helps keep your weight in check, can help prevent illnesses such as dementia and osteoporosis and it helps you to look better on the outside, toning your legs, bottom, stomach and even your arms.
The extra burst of sunshine and fresh air boosts your vitamin D levels, which is great for your overall health – helping you to maintain strong bones, teeth and a good immune system.
And walking can also give you energy – the more we exercise, the more energy we have and this leads to a happier you – because being fit and healthy can boost your mood too.
According to an extensive new review, produced recently by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support, walking doesn’t only make you healthy and happy, but it can even save your life.
Try walking for just half an hour a day and see how much better you’ll soon feel.
It’s a great way to get fitter all round, so grab a friend, strap on those walking shoes and away you go!