“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”- Frederick Nietzsche, Philosopher.
You may have heard of the expression - 'walking your way back to health'.
Relaxation Walking is a much beloved pastime for many around the world, so much so most countries have their own walking organisations dedicated to this ideal.
Walking is a great way to keep your heart in condition.
You can do it by yourself, with friends or groups.
Walking with others helps you maintain a sense of disipline about a daily or weekly routine.
Whereas, by yourself it might be easy to find an excuse not to go.
Even walking an animal like a pet dog is a great motivator.
It's good for you, it's good for the dog. Everybody wins.
In the countryside ther are numerous nature trails and if you live in a town or city there are dedicated public parks available to everyone.
What are the benefits of walking?.
The fresh air or oxygen it helps provide you with.
The strengthening of muscles, bones and joints which develop the more you walk.
As part of a healthy eating plan, walking can help with weight management.
It helps to strengthen the heart which can then pump blood around your body more efficently reducing arterial pressure.
The knowledge that you're doing something healthy for your own well-being.
The wonderful and varied sights, smells and sounds of nature around you can be invigorating and help reduce stress levels.
The feeling of the fresh air or wind in your face as you walk enhances your sense of well-being.
It helps you keep in touch with the natural world around you.
Taking a relaxation walk is a great way to work out thoughts, get some thinking done and clear the mind.
How Far Should I Walk?.
How far you should walk depends on your current fitness level.
If new to walking for health, it's best to start off with short strolls.
As time goes by gradually increase the distance and duration of your walking.
Your body will soon let you know if you're overdoing it.
And, in any case overdoing it is a bad idea as it turns what should be a healthy and pleasurable experience into something you might want to avoid.
You might find initally you feel tired from the act of walking.
However, soon thereafter you will begin to feel refreshed and invigorated as your body becomes used to the exercise.
This is because the act of taking exercise increases your health and therefore you will find yourself with more energy as time progresses.
Aim for thirty minutes a day five days or times a week.
Those half hours build up into a healthy weekly quota.
Wear a good pair of walking shoes or runners(sneakers).
Ill fitting shoes can lead to discomfort, swelling, sore feet and knees.
Your local shoe or sports store will best advise you.
A hat is essential to protect your head and face from receiving too much sun or keeping your head dry if raining preventing colds and flu's.
If walking long distances remember to bring some bottled water to quench your thirst and help prevent dehydration.
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.
Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” - John Muir, Naturalist.
Always check with your doctor for approval before you begin any exercise regime who will advise you on the best way to proceed.
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