Walking briskly is so beneficial to our health that it may even surpass the benefit derived in a gymnasium. Exercise researchers have concluded that health clubs are not the only medium that caters to our exercise needs. Devoting a maximum of an hour of our time to walking briskly everyday can do a world of good in the way of maintaining normal health. It is considered to be the perfect exercise. It is safe, and if done consistently, can work miraculously to our advantage. We have to realize that the benefit derived from this simple exercise, may not happen within a short period of time, depending on the condition of our health, but may, over a period of time, do a world of preventive good. It may prove to be a perfect means of exercise that can save us time and money, and does not trigger any side effects. It is much less strenuous than exercising in a gymnasium where our body may be subject to unnecessary strain.
Dr. Joan Manson. Chief of Preventive Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital has concluded that the incidence of chronic diseases could be curtailed by thirty to forty percent by walking briskly at least thirty minutes a day. Studies by many other researchers found that walking three or four times every day for ten minutes at a time may provide many of the same benefits as walking continuously for thirty minutes. So far, there is ample evidence confirming the benefits of walking, as follows:
Heart Disease: Brisk walking is good for the heart, since the heart is a muscle, and with the blood flowing faster, the muscle helps keep the heart in shape. Walking also lowers blood pressure, decreases stress on the arteries, as well as raises the HDL level (good cholesterol) in the blood and preventing clots.
Stroke: Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health recently found that those who walked six or more hours per week decreased, by forty percent, the risk of suffering strokes, caused by clots.
Weight Control: Walking briskly for at least half an hour every day consumes two hundred calories, and helps reduce body fat, even if we do not reduce body weight.
Diabetes: There are two recent studies showing that changes in lifestyle, including brisk walking, can postpone or prevent Type 2 diabetes.
Osteoporosis: Walking strengthens the muscles and, at the same time, builds up the bones.
Arthritis: Walking reduces pain by strengthening muscles and joints. Walking in a shallow pool or gently lifting weights can also help.
Depression: Among other things, walking can also help clear up the “blues.”
In summary, walking conscientiously is an exercise that requires a minimum of effort and can be extremely beneficial to our health.