Over the years and across all generations, walking has been one of what define humans. Walking is part of what makes us who we are. But in a rapidly changing world – the advent of technology, existence of faster, secure and cheaper means of transportation, and a generation that care less about their overall health - pedestrian activity is one the decline.
Walking has been and is still one of the forms of physical activities we can do daily. It can be done almost any time, any day, and definitely, anywhere. You don’t need to enrol in a gym before you can take up walking as a form of exercise because it’s accessible to all. For low-starters, walking can graduate you into a new level of fitness and health. Whether you see walking as a sport or as an exercise, walking does come with numerous health benefits.
400 years ago, walking was part of competitions in England. And by the 19th Century, walking was incorporated into the elite competition, the Olympics. Walking made its official debut in the 1904 Olympics and since then walking competitions have been observed at several kilometres and distances.
Why do people walk? If we look at it from a wider perspective, walking is the most natural, simple, omnipresent activity. For some people, walking is part of our daily existence and transport whether it’s a short walk to the pub, to the school, or even to work. Also, to some, it’s an exercise, and to others, it’s a sport. Some may find it a means of conveyance from one designated point to another.
For whatever reasons you are engaging in walking, you need to know that walking is a form of exercise that may result in injuries if not done properly. Injuries can be in the form of muscle pains or blisters.
One of the major components for a profitable walking exercise is: the right gear, like bright fitting clothing that ensures adequate visibility by motorists and that manages body temperature. Walking may seem so relatively simple to do, but walking with the right movement and posture is very important.
Before walking, you need to stretch your muscles. Don’t be in a haste to quicken your pace, start with slow paces for about five minutes before increasing it. After the whole session, cool your body down to reduce the stress.
Some more benefits of walking.
• It helps lower the bad cholesterol in the body.
• It helps to stay strong and fit and also improve your psychological mood.
• It also helps prevent common ailments such as flu or cold by boosting the body’s immune system.
• It strengthens muscles, ligaments and other support joints.
• Studies have shown that walking increases life expectancy.
• Walking helps improve brain performance by increasing blood flow to the brain.
• For an individual on a weight-loss program, walking is a good way to go.
• It helps reduce the risk of diabetes and heart-related diseases.
For those who care so much about their health and well-being, taking up a routine of brisk-walking is beneficial. There are researches that categorize brisk-walking as offering same benefits as jogging.
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