WALKING AND ITS BENEFITS

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WALKING AND ITS BENEFITS

Post by Admin on Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:07 am

WALKING AND ITS BENEFITS
It is said that every person has two doctors with him... his right leg & his
left leg. A vigorous 5 mile walk can do more good for an unhappy but
otherwise healthy man than any medicine or psychology. It is the easiest
exercise for most individuals, one that can do without equipment except good
shoes, in most terrains & weather & also in very old age. What we are
talking about is not just walking but brisk walking. Here are the benefits
of the same--

WHY WALKING?
Walking is the most natural exercise known to man. Besides this, here are
the other benefits of walking---


WALKING IMPROVES CIRCULATION
Calf muscles are man's second heart. On walking, these muscles pump the
blood to the heart with all force. This leads to greater heart exercise,
increased oxygen requirement & better blood circulation.

WALKING IS GOOD FOR THE HEART
The increased oxygen requirements lead to exercise for the heart. On a long
term basis, it leads to a better circulation for the heart. Thus it reduces
the chances of a heart attack.

WALKING CUTS FATIGUE
Once daily brisk walking has become a habit, you start reaping the benefits.
Soon there is no need of any laxatives. No more low back ache. No more of
that catch while bending. Above all, in shape body is not easily fatigued.
Walking improves the posture.

PSYCHOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Many studies have shown enormous psychological benefits of walking. It has
been shown that daily walking habit reduces anxiety, tension & improves
mood.

WHAT IS 'BRISK WALKING'?
It has been shown that what works best is not walking but 'brisk walking'.
Scientifically, it correlates with the pulse rate that you should achieve
for the maximum benefit. However, simply speaking, brisk walking means: a
level that's not just strolling; but not out of breath either.

HOW MANY MINUTES A DAY SHOULD ONE WALK BRISKLY?
No study has established the exact time for the maximum benefit. However
45minutes to 1 hour is a good guide. You can even incorporate it in your
daily life style. That way you will automatically walk briskly to the office
& for that matter anywhere. A short brisk walk is worth two miles of
ambling. That way you will easily get minimal amount of good exercise every
day. And, as striding becomes a habit, you will soon get more exercise,
willingly.

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