Don’t Run for Your Health, Walk for Life!

walk for health

Do you want to go for a walk?

When you consider the exercise and fitness practices of people you’re familiar with, you’ll see how immoderate we humans are.  There are many people who spend a great deal of time and energy pursuing sports, fitness and vanity. Then there are the rest of us who, by and large, seldom do much more than walk to the bus stop.  Neither choice can be described as moderate. 

While there’s a lot of controversy about the best way to train, build muscle mass, speed or agility, all the experts agree that the most essential and beneficial activity is WALKING.

It takes no special equipment or expensive memberships -it’s available to nearly everyone.

For the time and energy spent, it is undoubtedly the best way to…

  • Increase tranquility and lower stress hormones
  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Oxygenate the blood
  • See the neighborhood

How much walking is recommended?

20 minutes, 2-3 times per day, at a pace that is comfortable to you.  An effort to increase the pace gradually without pushing you out of your comfort range is suggested.

Decades of sedentary pursuits cannot be overcome in a week or two, but nearly everyone feels better after walking 4-8 days. In hot weather, the cool morning and evening times will be less stressful on the body.

The most common concern is avoiding becoming a hood ornament.  Mall-walking avoids this pitfall, but there are hazards in the food court.

Research indicates that nearly all positive effects of running can be obtained by walking the same distance. There are substantial disadvantages to running:  the impact on your feet, ankles, joints and connective tissues.  You can avoid these injuries by walking instead.

Do you want to go for a walk?

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