Walking is a great low-impact exercise. Walking is inexpensive and virtually everyone has the ability to engage in a walking exercise program. With more than one-third of American adults considered to be obese (as indicated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), taking care of your health is now more important than ever before. Obesity has a number of associated health risks including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. But why should you walk more?
Keep the joy in your lifeGood grip and good balance are good things, especially if you're over 50 years of age. As you age you naturally lose muscle strength due to sarcopenia. Lose too much muscle strength and you can also lose balance falling into a broken hip that can take the joy out of life.
For senior fitness, walking with a bag of beans may not seem like a fat-burning workout but use your mind and the pounds melt off.The idea that walking with a bag of beans can trim and tone your body as you strengthen your core and stabilize your balance might seem inconceivable.
I will be taking a trip of a lifetime soon to Italy! I have been there before, when I bicycled from Venice to Florence and it was time to go back. This time I will be walking everyday, up and down hill towns, cobblestone streets, and carrying a back pack. I have rediscovered my passion for photography and so will be carrying camera equipment with me.
The other day I went out to walk my dog around the neighborhood, as I am wont to do. It being early April the signs of incipient spring were very apparent: crocuses, buds, warmer air, the last piles of snow under the shrubberies gone, landscaping trucks dotting the roads, and more people out walking. One of the nice things about walking is not just where the legs take you, but where the mind goes. In this case I was thinking about my college days at a school in a highly urban environment, and the prodigious amount of walking I did.
Tai Chi Exercise Is Your Best MedicineAccording to the British Medical Journal, exercise is as effective as some of the best drugs protecting against major diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic heart failure and diabetes.
Many of us like to walk for exercise. I love going outside in the fresh air to get my cardio workout. I I've been walking a lot on my treadmill lately with the cold temps, and without my 75 pound lab dragging me down the street, I'm able to focus more on my body while I'm walking.