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THE BENEFITS OF WALKING

Easy To Do:  There is no great trick to walking. It does not require any special skills or advanced conditioning. Walking doesn’t require any special equipment or clothing other than a good pair of walking shoes.

Hippocrates said that “walking is man’s best medicine: he didn’t realize that thousands of years later, new benefits of walking would be discovered.
Some health benefits of walking include:

  • Eases back pain
  • Slims your waist
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Enhances stamina & energy
  • Lessens anxiety & tension
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Easy on your joints
  • Slows down Osteoporosis bone loss

It’s Safe To Do:  Walking is probably the safest exercise you can do. It doesn’t require prior training and doesn’t involve a great deal of physical exertion in the beginning. Walking is more natural than sitting, standing or running, and walking is not as stressful to the body as other exercises.
Did you know that shock impact of running is 3-4 times a person’s body weight?

  • RULES OF WALKING: 
  • Posture is the key: In order to get the most out of walking, good posture is crucial
  • Keep your head up and your spine straight and look straight ahead. Keep your arms and shoulders loose (look down occasionally to avoid possible obstacles). 
  • Take regular deep breaths but don’t hold your breath
  • Walk, don’t run – to get the most out of your walk you should keep a brisk pace but not too fast. You should determine your own pace shortly after starting your walking routine. It if is difficult to breathe easily, slow down. You are not running a race!!!!!! 
  • Take long, smooth strides. Your motion should be fairly effortless, with your arms swinging at your sides for balance.
  • Make sure you have comfortable and supportive shoes that will absorb the shock of walking. 
  • STRETCH, STRETCH, STRETCH… it is crucial that you stretch before and after exercising to help loosen your muscles and reduce the chance of soreness or injured muscles. 
  • Drink plenty of water, especially if you are walking outside and the temperatures are high. Walk in the a.m. and evening to avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Don’t continue to walk if you have chest pain, are overly tired, dizzy, feel pain or experience shortness of breath or can’t hold a conversation with someone. 
  • Don’t walk right after or before meals. Wait at least 1 hour before exercising.

You are NOT required to walk miles or go further than you feel comfortable walking. Everyone walks at different pace.

Most importantly………….HAVE FUN, HAVE FUN, HAVE FUN……………

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