Article By Ralf Tabel
You have been trying to stay in shape, get back into shape and/or generally lead a healthier lifestyle; you may have bought an exercise machine or even joined a gym. So how come the gym membership has just turned into another bill and the treadmill is serving as a silent butler, with piles of laundry hanging on it? The truth is that exercise machines are boring and gym memberships are expensive (especially if you’re not using them). Why not try and enjoy the many benefits of walking – the perfect exercise!
We all live in a society which basically has eradicated any form of natural exercise which could be beneficial to us. Think about it: We basically live in our cars! We run our errands by entering drive-through restaurants, post offices and what not. You can’t simply walk to the corner store to pick up a few items, anymore. Our whole infrastructure is designed based upon the automobile and we are programmed to use it whenever possible. If you want to exercise you can drive to the gym. How ironic!
However, walking is an exercise most anyone can do. It does not cost anything and does not require special equipment to reap the benefits of walking. Walking is by far the easiest exercise and can be incorporated into any daily routine. Walking briskly 30 minutes a day, five times a week is all you need as part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle!
Walking is probably also the safest, natural form of exercise you can do. To walk most effectively, if you want to lose weight, is to alternate between intervals of slow, moderate and fast speeds during your walking session. That gives you a good cardio workout and will keep your body burning calories long after you are done walking. This walking technique is called Power Walking. Don’t forget about warming up if your walk is to contain strenuous paces to prevent injury.
You may wonder about the amount of calories burnt while walking?
The short answer is that a person burns between 80 and 100 calories per mile walked, depending on the terrain and the pace.
If you want to walk just to relax, don’t regard your walk as exercise, per se. Try to unwind and let your mind and body relax! Enjoy the sights and sounds which surround you. Take the time to take in nature: enjoy the landscape, the sound of wildlife and the fresh air! Of course it would be best if you can walk in a park setting to get the most out of your walk.
Here are some of the benefits of walking (in no particular order):
- improves your mobility, and increases your energy level.
- decreases your stress level.
- is a great way to lower blood pressure bad cholesterol.
- is a low impact exercise.
- helps prevent obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
- helps you lose weight.
- is a motivator, a “gateway exercise”. Walking gets your blood flowing and makes you want to exercise more.
Ralf Tabel is the author of a variety of weight loss related articles on the web. He is the author of the popular page The Benefits of Walking
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