It’s time to emerge from that winter cave of hibernation and get the blood pumping again. A great way to do this is to start with a low impact, medium intensity walk, then we can ramp it up from there as we lead up to Christmas pudding time!
Walking is a great way to keep fit and get out in the fresh air. It refreshes the brain and gets muscles moving. For a higher intensity walk, go for stairs and hills, but what goes up must always come down, so increase your speed on the way down.
Aim to walk everyday for a minimum of 1 hour. If that's not possible just get out for half an hour - every little bit helps! You will feel great while improving your overall health and wellbeing.
EXPECT THESE CHANGES IF YOU WALK EVERY DAY
1. Weight Loss
Fast-paced walking with the combination of healthy eating and good sleep, is very effective for weight loss and weight maintenance. You'll be burning calories and reducing stress which is connected to weight gain.
2. Decrease Diabetes Risk
Walking makes you breathe a little harder and your heart beat a little faster. This means your muscles use more glucose which is the sugar in your bloodstream. This process can help lower your blood sugar levels over time. It also makes the insulin in your body work better.
Whether you have high blood pressure and have been diagnosed with hypertension or prehypertension, getting regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking can help lower it.4. Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
Exercise helps restore and maintain heart health by improving blood flow, bringing more oxygen to your cells, managing hormones and blood sugar levels and helping you relax. This makes it one of the most powerful things you can to do prevent heart disease.5. Things Become More "Regular"
Some people enjoy a digestive system that runs like clockwork, others don't. If you're one of the ones that don't, walking can help as it improves gastric mobility.
6. Stronger Bones
Bone density is built through exercises like walking as it is weight bearing. Our bones become stronger when a certain amount of impact or extra strain is placed on them.
7. Mood Boosting
Research shows that regular walking actually modifies your nervous system so much that you'll experience a decrease in agitation and restlessness. For an added benefit, walk with a friend for a healthy social aspect. Also being out in daylight, fresh air and sunshine clears the head and sets the tone for the rest of the day.
So what are you waiting for? Get walking!
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