Get Up, Get Movin’! 6 Benefits Of Walking

Authored by: VSI

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Spinal Research Foundation’s We’ve Got Your Back Race For Spinal Health! Walking is an excellent form of exercise; whether you are just starting to exercise, recovering from an injury or are just looking to get outside and get moving; read on for tips on how walking can improve your life and what you need to get started.

Physical activity in general helps to control your weight and improve overall health. Adults need at least two and a half hours of physical activity a week at a moderate level. Fast paced walking would meet those requirements. According to the CDC, adults who walk for transportation, fun or exercise went up 6% from 2005.

  1. Can help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  2. Lowers blood pressure
  3. Reduces risk or manages type 2 diabetes
  4. Manage weight
  5. Maintains fitness and strength
  6. Improves mood

Walking is a great, low impact exercise that is not as strenuous as other forms of physical activities. However, if you have cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, it is important to consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program.

  1. The only special gear needed is a good pair of shoes, look for a pair with a flexible sole and proper arch support, as well as fit
  2. Warm up your muscles by walking in place
  3. Stretch out your muscles (calves, quads, hamstrings, and sides)
  4. Cool down, end your walk with about five minutes of a much slower paced walk, then finish with stretching

To make the most out of your walking sessions, pace and distance will surely give gauge your results. If you are a beginner walker, you should gradually increase your time and pace. The speed at which you walk should be as brisk as your condition permits. Be sure to listen to your body, if you feel faint, dizzy or any other symptoms that leave you uncomfortable; slow down or stop. If symptoms persist contact your physician.

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