Walking-The Best Medicine For Many Ailments

Natural Cure

Everyday we hear about some new ailment being discussed in the media. The medical fraternity gives it a new medical term and research begins to find out more about the condition. The air that we breathe itself is contaminated and the water that we drink is not as pure as it used to be in the earlier days. We attribute several reasons for the diseases that are caused both inside and outside our homes. Whatever be the reason, we, on our part, need to take a few precautions to get rid of or to keep away serious health disorders.

Walking is not new to us. From time immemorial, people have been walking and encouraging the others around them to do the same so as to derive the benefits of better health. Walking can be said to be both preventive and curative. It can give you relief from many common illnesses such as high blood pressure or hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, cholesterol, obesity and many more.

Walking is the best form of exercise to keep yourself fit and fine even if you don't have any health issues. Walking strengthens your heart and lungs; helps in blood circulation; keeps your muscles and bones healthier; gives you more energy and makes you feel relaxed; decreases the risk of diabetes; in short, walking can be said to increase one's life span.

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Hypertension

Hypertension or high blood pressure is called the 'silent killer' because it can go unnoticed for several years. It is common knowledge that with a high blood pressure the heart has to work many times harder in order to pump blood to various parts of the body. This progressive effort on the part of the heart makes it enlarged and the chances of kidney failure, heart attack and atherosclerosis (fat deposits on the walls of the arteries constrict the arteries blocking flow of blood) are very high. So it is very important to monitor the blood pressure from time to time and take steps to control it.

Apart from medication, taking a good diet with less sodium and reducing weight by regular physical activity such as walking are advised by doctors to control hypertension.

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Rheumatoid arthritis

There can be no better exercise than a walk preferably early in the morning to reduce the stiffness caused by rheumatoid arthritis. I can affirm this from my personal experience. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis wake up with pain and stiffness all over the body. Walking gives you an incredibly wonderful relief that is instant once you go for a walk every morning. I would not recommend a brisk walk for arthritis sufferers, for it may sometimes aggravate the pain though the stiffness leaves you instantly once you start moving your feet and arms. So a normal walking speed can be followed but make sure that you walk at least two kilometers that would take about 25 to 30 minutes.

This time is worth spending everyday for a whole day of pain-free activity. You can concentrate better on anything you do because you feel flexible and lighter. Weight reduction is another important requirement for relief from rheumatoid arthritis, so walking helps in this too. Walking improves your mood to a great extent, so you can manage the stress caused by your health condition.

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Cholesterol

Walking helps to reduce a person's weight and stress levels, thereby reducing your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Any physical activity can help in this direction but walking is the simplest activity that can be done by everyone, so is recommended.

Relationship between blood cholesterol and heart disease is a crucial factor as reduction in cholesterol level by 1 % results in 2% decrease in the possibility of a heart attack. According to the US National Cholesterol Education Program, risk of a heart disease is low if your total cholesterol is 200 mg/dL; bad cholesterol is less than 100mg/dL and good cholesterol is more than 60mg/dL.

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Obesity

Obesity is a major risk factor that is responsible for many serious disorders. Statistics reveal that an average of 14.1% of the world population is obese of which the US tops the chart with 30.6% followed by Mexico (24.2%) and the UK (23%). There are many reasons for obesity, life style, food habits and lack of proper sleep to name a few.

Obesity needs to be handled carefully and adequate steps taken to reduce weight so as to improve one's health. Physical activity like walking and swimming can help in reducing the weight to some extent. Walking regularly and other physical activity will help in reducing the fat accumulated in the body. It also helps in building muscles and increases the capability of the body to burn more calories.

It is very important for obese people to chart out a rigorous plan to bring down their weight for it helps not only in reducing their body weight but also decreases the risk of contracting many serious health problems.

Do you walk every morning or evening?

  • Yes, I walk everyday
  • No, I don't walk, I am fit already
  • No, not everyday but I do whenever possible
  • No, I don't find time to fit walking in my daily schedule
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Walking-the universal idea of fitness

Walking is the best form of exercise for both the normal and the over-weight people. Just because you don't have any serious health problems doesn't mean that you don't need to walk. You need to exercise your body for it to stay healthy and reduce the risk of several major diseases. Both men and women need to take it upon themselves to build a stronger society by focusing on their own health and improving it. Let's all walk our way to good health.

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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Walking is great - and so easy to do, I wish more people would walk more often and realise the benefits of it. Thanks for your fantastic hub highlighting the benefits of walking. I myself don't even do it enough, but I do try and I even enter some walking races, and don't do too badly - but it doesn't have to be about racing at all, Simply rather walk where you would otherwise have driven is a good start for people to start realising the benefits. Taking the stairs rather than the elevator, too. Or fit walking into your schedule, for example when dropping kids at school, walk around the school block before driving home again, Voting your hub up and useful, and sharing it with my HubPages followers.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks very much Teresa for the visit. Yes, I find walking a blessing because after an early morning walk I get great relief from my morning stiffness due to arthritis and I am able to sit for a long time to work during the day. This is reason enough for me not to make excuses for not walking.

Thanks for the share too.Cheers, Rema.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

I wish my father could walk more - he suffers from arthritis - and Pagets disease - but he broke his hip a few years ago, and although can walk just a bit, pushing a wheeled walker for support, he cannot walk far at all. My man and I, and my sons, live in the same house as him and my mother, and his arthritis seems to be getting worse by the day.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Oh that's very sad Teresa. With a repaired fracture it is not right to expect your father to walk. We can do anything and everything within our capabilities only. In fact, my doctor says that it is better I avoid the morning walk if I feel severe pain in any joint. Sometimes the pain might become worse with strenuous physical activity.

My father who is 87 and suffering from osteoarthritis goes for a walk every morning without which he says he can't survive. It gives his lower back stiffness so much relief that he wouldn't miss his morning walk whatever be the weather -sunny, rainy or cold.

The best part is that we should choose to do the activity that suits us most-of course walking suits most of us unless otherwise one is suffering from serious illnesses-and according to the requirements of our body which is unique to everyone.

I wish your father gets some relief from this terrible arthritis. Only people like me who have suffered understand the pain. Cheers, Rema.


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Teresa Schultz 4 years ago from East London, in South Africa

Thanks for your wishes for my dad, remaniki - he takes medication for it, and also uses my mom's homemade comfrey cream - the Pagets is incurable, and barely treatable though - he can still drive a car, and experience relatively no pain while doing so, so does at least get out and about from time to time - but it will mostly be my mother who goes into the shop, while he waits in the car. I know walking is great for relieving stiffness, because after a race (a road running race or walking race) feeling stiff the next day is relieved simply by going for a walk. It's good that your dad still walks regularly.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I walk several times of week; it is my fave form of exercise. Thanks for letting me know about these healthy links to walking!


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emilybee 4 years ago

So true - walking isn't new and definitely the easiest form of exercising. I move around constantly at my job but besides that we also try to take a short walk after dinner. It's great for so many things and can be preventative to help offset diseases you've mentioned. Many people are naive and don't get it. Moving around is good!! Great hub!


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Walking is great for the body but even better for the mind/soul as it frees up thoughts and ideas of a different nature to those of the mundane. I'm convinced it can be experienced as a creative tool - I like to write prose and poetry and often am inspired through walking, especially into woods or across fields, out in the open with a clear sky and lots of greenery. Nothing better.

Thank you for the hub remaniki.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

Walking is certainly beneficial for the body, and it can also be very relaxing and stress relieving as well. I haven't walked much lately, but I definitely want to get back to it.

Great hub- voted up and shared.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you very much Christy for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rema


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Nice to have you here on my hub reading and commenting emilybee. Yes, even if you are not trying to do much to keep you fit, a regular walk will give you the feeling that you are at least making an attempt. Thank you. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Yes very true chef-de-jour. Walking helps a mood change. I take a walk whenever I feel stressed and it is amazing that when I return I feel much lighter and am able to cope with problems well. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Rema


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi jennzie, I walk regularly (started very recently) and can't express through mere words the great results I have got both for my body and mind. I have started reminding my friends too about it for them to benefit as well. Thanks for the visit and the share too. Cheers, Rema


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I read a study the other day about walking...it said that once a person begins shuffling in short steps instead of normal walking, that their life-expectancy diminishes greatly and they on average only live five more years. That is remarkable! Anyway, great hub; we walk daily and hike in the mountains when we can, and I am sixty-three and feel wonderful.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

That sounds great Bill. Good for you. Walking does wonders to our health and it is better that we make it a habit to walk a few miles per day to keep ourselves fit and fine. My father is fit at 87 and he has been walking five kilometers everyday for several years now. Thanks very much for the visit. Cheers, Rema.


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Rema, walking is indeed the best and the safest form of exercise that can be done by anyone to get relief from and prevent a number of health issues as put in here. I myself try to alk as much as possible and I find great increase in muscle and joint fexibility and movement following this.

A wonderful topic to choose for a hub. More people should understand the need to walk more to have an easier life in old age.

Sharing it. Voted up and useful.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Rajan,

You are right when you say that awareness about walking needs to increase, so it will make our life easier when we grow older. Very true. Thanks very much for the comment and the share Rajan. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi ausmedus,

Very true, people are too busy for a simple workout but one fine day they will realize that they can't be busy anymore because of lack of good health.

So it is better that we set aside some time for an effective exercise as simple as walking just as you mentioned and continue to be busy as ever. I really hope that people would stop for a moment to give this a thought.

Very nice of you to have stopped by my hub. Cheers, Rema.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Wonderful, inspirational and informational article about the many benefits of walking as a form of exercise and stress relief.

Voted up across the board except for funny.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thank you very much Happyboomernurse for your lovely comment here. I feel honored by a visit from a great hubber. Thank you. I am grateful for this. Thanks for the votes too. Cheers, Rema.


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Walking is nature's best cure for anything in anything,a s you have pointed out remaniki. Thanks for sharing this! Since my campus at school is so huge, I walk for a good 45 minutes a day.

Voted up and shared!


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healthylife2 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Great article on the benefits of walking. It's considered exercise and people can go at their own pace. It is great because walking with a friend makes the time fly by. I'm happy to do it until it gets cold and then it's time for the gym Voted up!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Hi Keith,

Thank you for your kind visit and comment. 45 minute-walk everyday is great. Good for you. Cheers, Rema.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks healthylife2 for stopping by. Walking and then gym-nothing like that. Great! Cheers, Rema.


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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

I love a good walk, Rema!! Usually enjoy it with my hubby and two dogs. It keeps us fit and makes each day pleasant. Thanks for sharing.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

That's wonderful Michelle. Good for you! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your view point about walking as an effective fitness exercise. Cheers, Rema.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Walking is my favorite exercise. Besides being free (no membership fees), it's healthy, enjoy the sunshine and nature, listen to music, catch up with a friend or family member and it's relaxing. Oh and you lose weight too! What's not to love about walking? Excellent hub!


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks Linda. Your visit always brings sunshine and cheer to my hubs and brightens up my day. Yes, I too love everything about walking. Thanks for your appreciation. Cheers, Rema.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I walk my dog every day - he insists. It is good to know that I am helping my body in so many ways when I do. Voted up.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks to your dog your body benefits from walking with him. Thank you Shasta for the visit. Cheers, Rema.


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I do enjoy my walks, I've been walking for years! :)


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Nice to hear that you have been walking and helping yourself in a big way Linda. Thanks for stopping by. Cheers, Rema.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

This is a great look at the benefits of walking for exercise. A walking schedule should be a top priority for writers!


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remaniki 3 years ago from Chennai, India Author

Thanks RT for the visit and the comment. Cheers, Rema.

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