The Benefits of Walking
Keeping your heart healthy lowers your risk of stroke as well. Vigorous intensity is good, but even moderate-intensity walking can have short and long-term benefits. In addition, by adding some exercise to your life, your can eat your usual amount of food and still lose the weight! For example, a 200-pound person who eats the same amount of calories but walks briskly each day for 1-1/2 miles could lose about 14 pounds in a year.
Let's not forget other added benefits. Those include:
- More energy
- Improved self image
- Increased resistance to fatigue
- Aids in relaxation and feeling less tense
- Improves your ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well.
- Tones your muscles
- Helps suppress your appetite
Always check with your doctor, however, before beginning any type of exercise program, even walking, especially if you have one of the following:
- Heart condition
- Frequent pain or pressure in your left, or mid-chest area, left neck, shoulder or arm, during or after physical activity.
- You have suffered chest pain within the last month
- You tend to lose consciousness or fall over due to dizziness.
- Mild exertion makes you feel breathless
- You are on medication for blood pressure or a heart condition
- You have bone or joint problems
- You are middle-aged or older, have not been physically active for some time and plan a relatively vigorous exercise program.
Download our free eBook, which will guide you into a walking program of your own. Read more and download the Walking for Fitness eBook (PDF).