Brisk Walking : The Safest and Easiest Exercise for Fitness and Good Health
“If you seek creative ideas go walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for
― Raymond I. Myers
Brisk walking is the safest and the easiest form of exercise to remain healthy and fit.
There are elders in my family, who wake up before the Sunrise, get fresh and leave the home, for long walks.
They prefer to walk in some open space, which could be the garden, or open green parks or the fields, besides the river, or the Seashore.
And they have been doing it all through their lives, irrespective of how busy they have been or wherever they were—Whether it‘s a busy city or the humble countryside, or the villages.
I find these people, whether they are in their sixties, seventies or eighties, much more healthier and energetic, than many or most of the youngsters of today.
How and why?
- This may be because, regular walking, not only keeps our body in shape, but it also energizes your body.
- Regular walking has adequate and positive effect, on the blood circulation in our hands, legs and brain.
- The human mind gets alert and energetic, by means of regular walking.
- Those who walk regularly, feel mentally and physically active, energetic, cheerful and healthy.
- I have often found such people to have a positive outlook towards life.
- They do not get bogged down by the many struggles of life. Rather, they deal with the problems of life, with a calm and composed mind.
How does walking keep us away from serious health threats and common diseases?
- If we walk, for even two hours in a week, it can save us, from the brain strokes by 30% .
- If we walk, for 40 minutes, thrice in a week, it increases our memory.
- If we walk, for four hours in a week, it can reduce the chances of hip fracture, by 40% .
- If we walk, for 30 minutes in a day, it is a good remedy, to overcome depression.
- Walking regularly, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
- In addition, we can reduce the extra body weight, by 50% by means of brisk walking everyday.
Source: General physician's advice.
Walking for a healthy lifestyle; prevention from diseases and general physical fitness.
It would be wrong to say that those who are not walking and doing other forms of exercises, are not careful or conscious about their health.
Of course they are.
- But walking has a deep and positive impact, on our entire behaviour and our sensibilities. The impact may be slow in the beginning, but it is definitely there.
- There are people, who prefer to hit the Gym, and still some others, who play some form of Sport. But walking or brisk walking, is a safe and easy way of keeping ourselves fit.
- There are people with some kind of health issues and cannot perform rigorous exercises in the Gym or play exhaustive sport.
- Those persons may be suffering from heart, lungs or abdomen related health problems.
- Walking is the safest bet for them. In any case, they should not avoid efforts to keep their body weight, under control.
- Walking makes it possible, and the blood circulation in their bodies, also remains normal, which is good for their ailing organs.
- It is claimed by physicians and doctors, that walking has proved to be beneficial for patients of Diabetes, to keep their blood sugar level, under control.
- Walking helps those, who are suffering from Arthritis, as it helps to improve bone density.
- Regular walking regularises, blood pressure levels, as well.
“When I'm in turmoil, when I can't think, when I'm exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It's just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”
― Jim Butcher, Storm Front
Some other benefits of brisk walking, worth mentioning :
- When you are walking in the open, your eyes see the greenery all around. This relaxes and soothes the eyes.
- There is a feeling of contentment and pleasure in the heart. Health experts are of the opinion, that if you walk for at least half an hour in the open, the muscles of the heart, work more efficiently.
- Walking has a positive impact on your mood as well. Anger or depression, if any, lowers and the happiness level increases.
- You can walk alone or with a partner. It can be your friends, wife or kids. Walking becomes more enjoyable with someone who is as health conscious, as you.
- Always breathe through your nose, while walking. Make an effort, to tuck in your tummy, if you can.
- The open air fields, the gardens, the parks are the best for walking. The walking place, should be full of greenery and free from pollution.
- While you are walking, keep your mind free, from any kind of stress, anxiety, tension or anger.
- Walking is safe even for the pregnant women, while other exercises are not. In fact, it is beneficial for the unborn child, and the expectant mother.
Learn the correct way of brisk walking, source: You tube
What kind of exercise do you prefer to keep fit and healthy?
Put on your walking shoes, that are comfortable for your feet:
- I think by now, I must have motivated you enough, to put on your walking shoes, and set out to walk.
- Make walking a regular habit, and your daily routine.
- Most people make excuses these days, that they do not have enough time, and their work schedule, does not allow them, as much time.
- But the fact is, that the lifestyle of today has become more or less sedentary. Spending several hours in front of the computers or the Television, is very unhealthy, and this habit needs to be changed.
Because health is wealth, and sooner we realise this, the better.
Our mother nature is so beautiful. We just have to walk along, to see this beauty and get health benefits, as well.
Physical therapist shows, how to walk correctly. Source: YouTube
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan