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    Walking and health

    It might sound too good to be true, but simply walking can help you reach the recommended healthy level of physical activity of 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate exercise over a week in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Regular walking protects you against a number of illnesses and can be an efficient way to get around from A to B. You can easily build walks into a busy lifestyle and you can walk pretty much anywhere, at any time.


    This article looks at the benefits of walking and gives practical tips to get you moving.

    Benefits of walking

    A great way to travel

    Walking is a good means of transport because its:

    • convenient you can just get up and go when it suits you
    • free you dont need to pay for parking or transport fares
    • predictable you know how fast you can walk so youre in control of your journey times
    • stress-free if you can walk some or all of the way to work, you dont need to worry about late buses and trains
    • good for the environment getting out of your car and onto your feet will reduce pollution and road congestion
    • sociable you can go with a friend or colleague

    Boost your fitness

    Brisk walking that raises your heart rate and makes you warm and slightly breathless is a great example . This helps you to get fitter and means your body gets better at using oxygen so you can be more active without getting tired.

    Stay in shape

    If you want to los weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. The average 60kg person walking briskly at about 6.4km per hour (4 miles per hour) for half an hour uses up around 150 calories. If you want to lose weight you will need to exercise more than the recommended target of 30 minutes a day.

    Feel happier

    Not only is walking good for your physical health, but as with all types of exercise it improves your mood, reduces stress and anxiety and builds self-esteem. So walking to work could help you start the day feeling calmer and happier.
    Feel full of energy

    You might worry that walking every day will leave you exhausted. Although you may feel slightly tired in the first week or two, people who exercise regularly generally feel they have more energy than inactive people.

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    Re: Walking and health

    Sleep well

    Regular physical activity will mean you better – you will fall asleep quicker and sleep for longer. An after-dinner stroll might help you wind down for bed.

    Reduce joint pain and experience better back health

    For your joints to work at their best, you need to use them regularly. Regular walking gives your knee joints a good work-out, increases your muscle strength and can help to keep your bones strong. Leading a generally active lifestyle, including walking, may help protect against osteoporosis.
    Walking is an excellent choice of exercise if you have arthritis problems or osteoporosis (weak bones) because it doesn’t put a lot of impact on your joints. It can help to treat and reduce pain caused by osteoarthritis.
    Not only can walking reduce joint pain, it can help prevent back pain and alleviate it if it’s already a problem for you.
    Walking and your future health

    As well as keeping you fit and in good shape, staying active will help you prevent a whole range of health problems in the future. Meeting recommended physical activity targets by walking reduces your risk of:

    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
    • coronary heart disease (which can lead to angina, heart attack or stroke)
    • type 2 diabetes
    • certain types of cancer, especially colon, breast and lung cancer

    Get going

    If you haven’t been active for a while, walking is one of the easiest ways Begin slowly and gradually build up how much walking you do. It’s important that you build walking into your daily routine so that it becomes a habit. Below are some ideas to help you get started.


    • Walk to the shops instead of driving.
    • Ask a friend to join you – it makes walking more fun and can keep you motivated.
    • Go for a walk in your lunch break with a colleague.
    • Walk up escalators and use stairs instead of the lift.
    • Organise a walk for your whole family – walking is beneficial for everyone and will give you a chance to spend time together.
    • Aim to walk 10,000 steps a day. Use a pedometer to count the number of steps you take.


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    Re: Walking and health

    Keep motivated

    Once you have started walking regularly, there are a number of things you can do to keep going.

    • Join a local walking group – you will make new friends and explore different areas.
    • Explore the UK on foot – enjoy walking over hills, along the riverside or beach, or through a woodland.
    • Orienteering – navigate on foot between points on a map – good if you want a challenge.

    Action points

    • Walk for 150 minutes (two and a half hours) over a week in bouts of 10 minutes or more.
    • If you haven’t been active for a while, try doing smaller amounts of activity during the day and gradually build up the time you walk.
    • Try walking with friends or your family to keep you motivated.
    • Remember that walking can be really enjoyable – head to your local park or explore somewhere you haven’t been before.


    In reality there is only Now. If you know how to handle this moment you know how to handle the whole eternity-Jaggi vasudev .

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