Why Walking 30 Minutes A Day Will Do Wonders For Your Health

After a day of writing, there is nothing that relaxes me more than taking a good walk.  It feels great to go outside for some fresh air and stretch arms and legs that have been cramped in a cubicle for the last 8 hours. If it makes any sense, walking also helps me “rearrange” my brain to focus on what’s important and get rid of negative thoughts. But that’s just me.

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In the advent of all high tech exercises, experts still believe in the simplicity and effectivity of walking. It’s free, you can do it just about anywhere at any time of the day. It boasts of numerous health benefits including reducing your risk for heart disease and cancers. It also boosts your mood and help you manage stress.

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Walking is a great way to start incorporating physical activity in your life. If you’re not yet 100% sure about what form of exercise you’d like, start walking everywhere! You can break down the recommended 30 minute physical activity every day into two 15 minute walking sessions. I did this by walking to and from work (5 blocks, 20 minutes) instead of taking public transportation. You can do it by taking the stairs 4 floors up or down, or going out for a walk on your lunch break. Simple enough right?

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Here are a few things we want you to consider before you take up running:

  1. Consult your doctor. If you have a chronic condition, previous injury or other medical issues, it’s best to get a go signal from your health care provider before undertaking any exercise program.
  2.  Monitor your progress.  Gadgets called Fitness Bands monitor your heart rate, distance covered and steps taken. It’s a great way to stay motivated!
  3. Invest in Good Shoes. Shoes can inspire or dissuade you from engaging in physical activity. When choosing a pair, always go for fit and function rather than style. Use The Mayo Clinic’s Guide to Walking Shoes.
  4. Change your route every once in a while. The great thing about walking outdoors instead of a treadmill is that it doesn’t get monotonous. You can change your route everyday and discover new things about your neighborhood.  I’ve discovered places to eat, dry cleaning, salons etc. that I normally wouldn’t notice when I’m driving.
  5. Don’t forget your upper body. Some say that walking or running doesn’t do anything about your arms and shoulders… but this is entirely up to you isn’t it? You can do upper body stretches, resistance exercises or throw in a couple of punches while you walk.

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