Walk Your Way to Better Health

By: Tom Rooney

At an annual meeting of the (ACSM), experts stressed the benefits of walking as an exercise that can improve health. “Walking may offer the best combination of ease and accessibility of any exercise activity”.   One of the presenters Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., stated that you can get a more rigorous exercise with increased benefits from biking, running and swimming, but the one exercise than the masses can do is walking.

It can be used as a form of transportation or as simple as taking the dog for a walk. The ACSM echoes that thirty minutes of activity 5 times a week will help with health related issues. Doing a moderate paced walk is one of those exercises that can be part of this routine. 

To start a program of walking for exercise take a little bit of planning to fit into most people’s schedules. Slotting the time may be hard at first, but figuring out what you sacrifice in its place may be easier in the late spring when television goes into reruns and the weather is easier to deal with. Using your neighborhood sidewalks, dirt roads of a farm, city streets or any other areas where people live is the course that can get you on your way.

 For those of you that have a treadmill gathering dust now may be the time that you can get a healthy walking plan in action. You should check your equipment by making sure that the shoes you wear should be comfortable on your feet and not hurt or bind when walking. You should have on loose fitting clothing so as not to restrict you pace.

 A pedometer is a good item to invest in and can be had for as little as $14 dollars on up from there. The pedometer measures the steps taken while walking and it’s suggested that you walk around 10,000 steps. The best thing about using walking as an exercise is that it’s very inexpensive so that it is not a fitness routine that is an economic burden on anyone.

 The true benefit of exercise is controlling your health and this can be a life saver. Walking a good pace is an excellent way to get healthy, but bringing someone along with you while you walk will help this conversation and knowing that you’re helping each other obtain a better feeling of health.

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