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Saturday, February 19, 2011
The main benefit of walking is that it is the best form of exercise and can be done by people of all ages to maintain good health. I feel walking is also the best fitness workout and easiest way to control weight with no side effects.
We all walk daily as part of our routine like going to work place, shopping, or back home, some just for a few minutes while others almost an hour. But have you considered walking not just as a regular physical activity but as a regular physical exercise? You will consider after knowing the benefits of walking as an exercise.
According to experts there is no magic to exercise but one should do sufficient cardiovascular exercise so as to burn calories more effectively. WebMD.com rates walking as the number one most effective exercise. Also walking is good for beginners as it can be done anywhere and anytime without requiring any equipment but just a good pair of shoes. Walking can be included as part of daily workout by regular gym goers too as brisk walking will burn calories faster. Hence is a good workout.
Walking is beneficial to lose weight
There are so many abnormally obese people in today's world due to sedentary lifestyle and untimely daily activity habits which they cannot afford to change due to time or work constraints. For such people walking is the best option to shed some extra weight. Sedentary people generally have a decreased fitness level due to decreased efficiency of muscle and energy system.
Running and jogging are heavy calorie burning exercises which if done in excess can cause the body to burn more carbohydrates. This will not serve purpose for people with high Body Mass Index (BMI) who need to burn more fats. To reduce BMI and burn fat, body requires to exercise at lower levels of exertion. Walking also enables one to workout at a slower and consistent pace to burn fat effectively. Effective walking can be best achieved with a heart rate monitor to check the fat burning.
Walking is too good for older adults
Walking is a physical activity cum exercise that one can be done at one's comfort walking speed and walking time. That is why walking is the best exercise for older people too. Physical activity need not be strenuous to achieve health benefits hence walking is a good choice. Elderly people should make walking a habit and can slowly increase their walking speed. Recent scientific studies have shown that walking speed increases life expectancy for older adults. People above age 65 should start walking for a 5-10 minutes in the beginning to a gradual desired amount of time after consulting their doctor. Older Adults Walk and Firm with Leslie Sansone DVD is a good guide on combination of walking and exercising for Older Adults to maintain good health and vigour. It has the walking moves - walking in place, side steps, knee lifts, and kicks.
Walking is the king of exercises
The other day I read a blog mentioning walking as the king of exercises. Rightly said because main benefits of walking is that it reduces cholesterol, increases blood circulation, improves cardiovascular fitness, reduce high blood pressure and high heart attack risk. So walking rather I should say effective walking should be added as part of daily routine for fitness, weight maintenance and exercise that will surely control the above parameters.
Do you walk? If not then start walking today
Make walking a daily habit because everybody needs a bit of exercise to be fit, and walking is the simplest form of exercise that does not require any gadgets or gyms. I must say walking is the cheapest but best form of exercise.
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1 Response to "Is Walking the Best Exercise?"
Trent@Dentist Auburn said :
May 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM