Walking for Your Health

Beauty, Health, Home & Family, People, Sports
on September 28, 2011

Walking has multiple health benefits. It can help manage weight, lower blood pressure and improve your mood. It can also boost your energy. Here are several tips to keep in mind if you want to walk for health.

Avoid being sedentary. While it may seem counterintuitive that expending energy by walking can actually make it easier to engage in other physical activity throughout the day, the truth is that walking can help keep you in an active mode. Energy begets energy. On the other hand, if you're accustomed to being sedentary most of the day, you may have a hard time getting started. So walking is first about embracing the value of getting out and being active.

Establish a routine. Set a routine that works for you and stick with it. It's best to walk or do some form of exercise daily. This is the definition of a routine, and one good habit may lead to another, as exercise becomes contagious. Walking is a great habit because it is very accessible and doesn't require any special equipment or particular environment.

A proper pace. It is helpful to walk at a pace that gets your blood pumping. This doesn't mean that you must break into a jog or be out of breath at the end of your walk. However, a leisurely stroll that doesn't cover much ground may not be a particularly effective form of exercise.

Accountability. You may be disciplined enough to walk on your own; if not, it might be helpful to recruit family or friends to walk with you or inquire about your progress. Office workers can organize a walking group and take brisk strolls during the lunch hour. This can be a fun way to stay active and energetic throughout the workday.