‘Exercise to stay fit’ – easily said than done. Most of us do not feel the necessity to exercise until we are confronted with health issues. Sometimes we make a beginning but don’t persist with the daily exercise routine. There is no denying the fact that a daily doze of exercise is essential for our body to stay fit and healthy. Walking is the simplest form of exercise. Because it sounds simple, walking is the most neglected form of exercise. We would prefer to sign up for expensive gym memberships or aerobic exercises than to simply walk. Walking as an exercise costs nothing and requires no expensive gadgets. What is more, it freshens the mind and helps to reduce stress. Many studies have been published about the effectiveness of walking on our wellness.
Brisk walking could slash stroke risk by up to 50 percent
A brisk walk could halve the risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. This is the result of a study by Bispebjerg University Hospital in Copenhagen. They had come to this conclusion after studying more than 10,000 people over a ten year period. They found that people who jogged or walked brisk had a lower risk of suffering heart disease than those who lived a sedentary life style.
Walk 6000 steps to improve health
The study published in the journal Menopause reported that Walking 6000 or more steps a day can decrease the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease for women in their midlife.
Just 75 minutes of brisk walking every week can add up to 1.8 years to your life. Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital have reported that by adding low amounts of physically activity to one’s routine such as 75 minutes of brisk walking per week, was associated with increased longevity; a gain of 1.8 years of life expectancy after age 40, compared with doing no such activity.
Walking wards off stroke for women
Women who devote at least three hours to walking every week are more likely to ward off strokes than their inactive cousins. Women who were regular walkers stood a 43 per cent reduction in stroke risk compared to the inactive group according to a study by Murcia Regional Health Authority in Spain.
How about deciding to walk and add wellness to your life?
- Avoid taking the elevator or escalator and walk up the stairs to your office or walk place.
- Park your car at a distance and walk to your destination. An added benefit is you would be avoiding driving around searching for a parking slot.
- Avoid sitting at your office desk or in front of the computer, for long periods. Stand up and walk a little, in between.