If you are struggling with getting more active, increasing your steps / day or just want to add more exercise to your routine Walking is an affordable and fun way to do it. Needs commitment? yes! Needs effort? yes! Nobody says it is easy, however, it can be done, it is at your doorsteps and it is free!
If the weather helps walking outside is one of the most rewarding activities. It increases your endorphin’ levels leaving you with a healthy happy feeling. Also, at the right pace, helps burn calories and is a great exercise for your heart. If the weather is not nice or rains there is always the malls to go to and you can add the reward of a latte at the end.
A regular (3 times a week) brisk walk helps you:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mood
- Improve your balance and coordination
It is important to walk with the correct posture to avoid hip pain or tension in different muscles. Here is a graphic way to see what and where we need to pay attention to: