Walking is an essential daily routine, but not everyone is able to perform this activity as much as we need to. This is partly because of the modern lifestyle that basically involves sitting for a long period of time every day.
For instance, working in an office setting keeps most of us seated in front of the computer for several hours in a day. And even when we get home, watching television or online shows leave us either seated on the couch or lying down on the bed. Needless to say, we are not walking as much as we need to.
Regular Walking Routine = A Stronger You
According to some recent research, the development of our ligaments and discs which start during our childhood and adolescent years continue when one performs weight bearing exercises on a regular basis.
However, with the lack of physical activities from most of our daily routines, physios have observed that more and more of their patients come to them due to injuries to ligaments, discs, tendons, and other cartilage type structures. These injuries would have been prevented if a walking program is added to their daily routines.
Health Benefits of a Walking Program
There are many benefits of walking daily and, even if one is already injured, it is never too late to start and strengthen your body. In fact, by walking for at least thirty minutes five times a week, one can achieve so many health benefits, such as:
• Improved muscle tone
• Weight loss
• Alleviates symptoms of chronic low back pain
• Better mood
• Stress management
• Improved blood lipid profile
• Increased bone density
• Reduced risk of coronary heart disease
• Reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes
• Reduced risk of breast and colon cancer
• Reduced risk of age-related glaucoma
The Best Time to Start is Now!
Even with the awareness of these health benefits, there are still people who might not want to start with their walking program, because of valid reasons. For instance, physiotherapy patients who are suffering from pain or injury might fear that walking would just be a painful activity for them.
For others who have a very busy schedule, they might not want to add another activity into their already hectic routine.
However, these reasons should not keep you from getting started. If you are suffering from pain or injury, ask your physio on how best to go about your walking program. As for busy moms, professionals, and working students, there are many ways you can add walking into your routine.
Working individuals can walk during their breaks. And working students can walk to school or their place of work instead of commuting.
If you want to have great health and add years to your life, you need to start walking right now. It is such a basic physical activity, no equipment required, and you can do it for absolutely no cost at all.
So, instead of thinking of reasons why you cannot start walking, focus on the health benefits and just start walking your way towards a healthier and stronger you!
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