Walking is cheap, simple to do, and will improve your health.
“If you are in a bad mood, go for a walk. If you are still in a bad mood, go for another walk.” Hippocrates
How can walking improve my health?
A regular walk, briskly if you can, will help:
- Improve heart fitness
- Strengthen bones
- Strengthen muscles
- Strengthen your immunity
- Improve balance & coordination
- Give you more energy
- Make you feel better, sharper and more onto it
- Help you sleep
- Reduce stress
- Help maintain a healthier weight
Checklist for getting started
Don’t set your goals too high initially, it is much better to be able to have a good go of it, enjoy yourself, and want to do it again the next day. Here’s a quick checklist for getting started:
- Comfortable walking shoes, shorts/pants and top
- Start with the easiest, smoothest, flattest route you can – save the hills for a month or two!
- 5 minutes is fine to begin with – make it as enjoyable as you can
- Try to take a route that has some interesting things along the way to look at
Look at your walking technique
- Head up, looking forward
- Shoulders relaxed, back straight
- Swing your arms, elbows slightly bent
- If you’re in the mood, you can even pump your arms a bit!
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