Sunday, March 29, 2009

Walking for excercise and pleasure

Morning WalkImage by chooyutshing via Flickr

  • Walking is the easiest and most popular form of exercise.
  • Walking has been widely practised as a recreational and fitness activity since ancient times.
  • Walking is the slower and surest way to fitness.
  • People walk for many reasons: for pleasure, to rid themselves of tensions, to find solitude, or to go from one place to another.
  • Everyone who walk regularly does so on the view that it is a good excercise.
  • Walking is an easy way improving physical fitness when done briskly on a regular schedule, it improves the body's ability to absorb more oxygen during exertion, reduces blood pressure, increases the efficiency of the heart and lungs and helps to burn excess calories.
  • Walking offers protection against obesity and high blood pressure, the leading rish factors for heart attack and stroke.
  • Brisk walking one mile in 15 minutes burns just about the same number of calories as jogging an equal distance in 8 1/2 minutes.
  • Although increasing walking speed does not burn significantly more calories per mile, a more vigorous walking pace will produce more dramatic conditioning effects.
  • Walking appears to have a substantial psychological payoff. Beginning walkers almost invariably report that they feel better and sleep better, and that their mental outlook improves.
  • Walking also can exert a favorable influence on personal habits. For example, smokers who begin walking often cut down or quit. There are two reasons for this. One, it is difficult to exercise vigorously if you smoke, and two, better physical condition encourages a desire to improve other aspects of one's life.
  • Walking has several uniquc advantages. Everyone can do it. No lessons or training required. The only thing one need to do is to slowly increase the pace and the distance and walk very often. It can be done any where and at any time. It can be done even alone. It can be done in all seasons and climates. It involves no cost.
  • With so many advantages attributed to walking why should not enjoy walking regularly and pave a way to good health.
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