Here’s How Walking Could Save Your Life
Walking isn’t a complicated and demanding activity, but it has so many positive effects on your health. So, try making it part of your routine and get fitter and healthier fast!
Know the Benefits
Some of the benefits of regular walking include:
- Maintaining optimal weight
- Preventing serious illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, increased blood pressure, and heart disease
- Making your muscles and bones stronger
- Improving mood
- Improving coordination and balance
If you walk regularly, the benefits will be more noticeable and greater.
Consider Your Technique
If you want to change your ordinary walks into an activity that can make you fitter and healthier, you’ll need to apply a proper technique, which requires correct posture and movements:
- You need to walk straight with your head up, looking forward instead of into the ground
- You should relax your back, shoulders and neck
- You should keep your arms slightly bent in the elbows and make free swinging movements
- Your back should be straight and stomach muscles a bit tight
- Walk smoothly and roll your feet from heel toward toes
Plan Your Routine
Be equipped. You should have a pair of shoes for walking. The arch support needs to be appropriate. Walking shoes need to have soles that are flexible and thick for shock absorption and cushioning your feet. Clothes that you should wear need to be comfortable and appropriate for different temperatures. If you walk in the evening, wear something reflective so that you are noticeable by drivers.
Carefully choose your walking course. Walking outdoors can be potentially dangerous if you walk over sidewalks that are cracked, with potholes and similar. When the weather is bad, go for a walk in shopping malls.
You should warm up first. Slowly walk for up to ten minutes. This will prepare you for the activity.
Cool down after the walk. When you are done walking, gradually slow down and walk this way up to ten minutes. Your muscles need to relax.
Stretch after the walk. Always stretch a little after the walk. This will help you avoid muscle pain and cramps.
Set Realistic Goals
It’s important to exercise every day for about half an hour. If you don’t have time, separate the activities into a couple of ten-minute walks. If you haven’t been exercising on a regular basis, chances are you’ll need to start gradually.
In that case, you should try five-minute sessions each day of the week. The following week go for a ten-minute walk each day and keep increasing the number of minutes until you increase it to half an hour of walking every day, or even more if you’re comfortable with that.
Track Your Progress
If you try to keep records of your walking distances, steps you’ve made and time spent walking, that would help you remain motivated. You’d be able to see how much fitter, faster and stronger you’ve become since start.
Keeping records of the weekly, monthly and yearly mileage will be tremendously inspiring for you to keep improving your health.
So, write down the data or get a phone app or a pedometer that keeps all these records.
- Plan your activities and start with shorter distances with gradually increasing them over time. Remain committed to your goal, even if it’s just ten minutes each day. Make a routine out of this and set times that work best for you.
- Enjoy your walks. You can find someone to walk with if you prefer walking in company. Otherwise, listen to music. Make an uplifting playlist that will keep you energized.
- Change your walking routes occasionally. That will prevent you from getting bored with always taking the same route. Choose safe places that are well lit.
- Keep walking even if you skipped a few days. Don’t get discouraged and give up but think about how good it feels to be active.