Walking is good for you, and if done regularly can significantly improve your health.
The benefits include:
- Weight control
- Increased muscle strength
- Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke
- Improved mental health
- Stress reduction
- Improved flexibility and joint mobility
- Decrease blood pressure
- Reduced risk of Osteoporosis
Here are some suggestions for you to 'Walk the Walk':
- Make it a habit by choosing a time that suits you - then you are more likely to stick to it
- Start slowly and increase the length and intensity of your walks as you feel more comfortable
- Be flexible. If you miss a walk, don't worry - just walk again when you can
- Be safe. Be sun smart, wear appropriate clothing and walk in safe, well lit areas
- Avoid boredom by changing your routine every now and then. Try walking tracks, parks and hills
- Breathe deeply and rhythmically. Try breathing in for four places and out of four
- Using a calendar or diary to track your progress may help you stay motivated
- Walking with friends, family, partner or a dog may help you stay focused on walking
- Walk at your own pace, especially at he beginning. All you need is a supportive pair of shoes
- Be patient. It may take up to six weeks to feel the benefits of regular walking
As per recommendations from the Ministry of Health.
Walking Applications and Programmes
Keen to know how walkable your area is? Head to www.walkscore.com and enter in your address. Gain your score out of 100 and see what exciting things are within walking distance to your home.
The most advanced iPhone application for exercise walking - the walkmeter 5.0. Tracks your walks as you go. Download it from iTunes App Store here.
Walking Groups in Your Area here