Take steps to a healthier you: Why you need to start walking now?
MJ Gonzales │ Vigorbuddy.com
Walking is like water, it is fluid type of physical movement that people forget that it’s actually form of exercise and brings a lot of health benefits. Do you tend to ride in a cab or car even if your destination is just walking distance? Here are few notes that will remind you making more steps are your ways to boost your fitness and wellness.
Perhaps due to time constraint and inconvenience, people prepare to skip the walking part. Anyway, what is the purpose of things such as escalator and elevator, right? However, it also worth to know that taking more steps can prevent you to acquire heart problems, bone concerns, and Alzheimer’s disease. According to Arthritis Foundation’s, 67-year old institution, report that post-menopausal women can stay away from hip fractures (40%) with at least 30 minutes walk a day. They also added that even individuals with risks of osteoporosis can benefit from it. They cited that Michael A. Schwartz, MD of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine shared walking can hamper ‘loss of bone mass.’
Other interesting notes of Arthritis Foundation’s about walking are it helps you to breathe smoothly, lose weight, get brighter mood, stronger joints, and even better sleep.
Another thing to consider with walking is you can do it with other interests like photowalk and shopping. In fact, one of the things that people like in Visita Iglesia (a type of pilgrimage during Holy Week) is the thought of walking with their family or friends to pray in various churches. Meanwhile, there are also studies that taking lighter steps is better alternative to other exercises like jogging and playing sports.
In the 6-year study conducted by Life Science Division’ Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, they discovered that 15,045 walkers in the National Walkers’ Health Study and 33,060 runners in the National Runners’ can attain same health goals with their respective exercises. Indeed with powerful running and walking, those individuals proved they’re far from having serious illness like coronary heart disease and diabetes.
“The findings are consistent with the American Heart Association’s recommendations for physical activity in adults that we need 30 minutes of physical activity per day, at least 150 minutes of moderate activity per week or 75 minutes of vigorous activity per week to derive benefits,” Russell Pate, Ph.D., a professor the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina shared.