Being physically inactive is the worst thing that you can do for your body. If you can’t find the time or strength to workout, walking will certainly help you.
It will improve your overall health and it will help you lose that extra weight that bothers you. Even if you work for several hours every day, you need to find the time to walk.
There are various benefits that walking can provide for your body, such as:
- Improvement of your overall health
- Reducing the risk of heart attack
- Maintenance of regular blood pressure
- Preventing type-2 diabetes
- Weight and fat loss
- Improved mood and reduced stress
- Improved immune system
- Improved sexual life
- Improved memory
- Arthritis pain relief
- Improved circulation
- Improved coordination and balance
If you are trying to lose weight by walking, you need to start walking 30 to 90 minutes every day. You can schedule your walking routine and some days you can walk less than others.
However, you need to have a total walking time of 150 minutes every week. If you are just starting, you need to start with shorter periods of walking.
At an average walking speed, you can burn 200 to 600 calories in only one hour. Also, in one hour you can walk up to 4 miles, so pick a good route and try walking it at least 5 times per week.
Make sure that you avoid using your car or bus constantly and try walking to work. Avoid using elevators and escalators and take your kids to school by walking.
Also, if you find walking boring, there are several things that you can do to make it more fun.
- Walk your dog
- Listen to music
- Walk with a friend
- Explore new places
Last but not least, you need to make sure to have a proper walking posture. Try to:
- Hold your head up
- Look forward
- Relax your neck, back, and shoulders
- Walk smoothly by rolling your feet from heel to toe
- Make your back straight
- Swing with your arms freely