Walking for health is wonderful. It comes natural, it’s free and it’s one of the easiest ways to get more active, boost energy levels, lose weight and become a healthier you.
A simple 10 minute walk carries with it amazing health benefits especially when enhanced with ‘Walk Tall’ read more about this track here.
Not only is walking for health crucial to you physically, it’s equally important for your mental health.
It promotes your very own ‘happy’ endorphin’s as well as strengthening your heart and burning consumed calories.
Listen here to what the professionals say about the magic of simply ‘walking’:
According to the February 2013 issue of the American Heart Association journal ‘Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology,’ walking (and running) helps reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes.
Walking for health however is more accessible to a larger percentage of the population.
If however you’re not very active but are able to walk, take things a day at a time. Start today and just walk around your home or garden to start you off. Just walk for 10 minutes.
If you’re not active because of a medical condition, seek advice on exercising with a disability.
Did you know?
Daily walking can improve the health of your heart and helps reduce inflammation and stiffness in your joints.
Done daily, walking can also lower blood pressure naturally and even helps to strengthen your bones.
It is one of the best forms of exercise you can do to help manage type-2 diabetes and can even get your creative juices flowing.
Believe it or not regular daily walking is a form of exercise that can increase the size of your brain.
In technical terms, it increases the ‘hippocampus’, which is the area used for memory.
This means walking can really wake your brain, from its deep slumber, enabling you to recall events more quickly and remember things a lot easier.
Another fabulous thing about walking, is it reduces the levels of cortisol in your body. This is a hormone linked to causing stress, bad moods and premature ageing.
If you like and already profit from meditating, walking is a fabulous time to do it.
You can listen to meditation music while you walk, hence fitting in a walking meditation. By doing this, you can knock two things out at the same time.
Whether you’re walking for health or not, good posture is essential.
This begins with walking tall and straightening your back, head forward and swinging your arms backwards and forwards.
Heel-to-toe walking is the most efficient way to exercise the 26 bones in your feet, without damaging them. It will keep them functioning more smoothly so you can stay mobile for the rest of your life.
If you want to make walking for health a wonderful new habit, here are a few ways to include it in your daily routine:
- Walk part of your journey to work.
- Walk to the shops or park your ride further away from the store.
- Use the stairs instead of the lift.
- Leave your vehicle behind for any shorter journeys.
- Walk the kids to school.
- Walk out regularly with a friend (a walking buddy makes you more accountable).
- Go for a stroll with family or friends after dinner.
Listen to music
‘Walk Tall’ from Michael’s private collection includes exhilarating workout music with gamma waves so you can “get in the zone” and look forward to exercise like you never have before. Now, you can feel fantastic while you burn fat, increase energy and feel on top of the world!
Don’t forget to add variety to your walks. You don’t have to travel to the countryside to find a rewarding walk. Towns and cities offer interesting walks, including:
- Parks and commons.
- Heritage trails.
- Canal towpaths.
- Riverside paths.
- Woodlands, heaths and nature reserves.
If you love the company of others and feel you need that extra little motivation, why not think about joining a walking club. Walking in a group is a great way to start walking for health, meeting new friends and staying motivated.