Walk This Way: Three F’s For Better Health Walking to Improve Your Health, Step by Step
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
Walkers and runners expend roughly the same amount of energy per kilometre; it just takes walkers longer to do it
It might surprise you to learn that walking can be a very effective cardiovascular exercise. In fact, walking provides the same health benefits as running: reduced risk of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, increased bone density, and weight control. While running appears to be a better bet for those of us looking to shed a few pounds, it tends to put more strain on the body’s muscles, tendons and joints.
The Three F’s
Bonus: Another F!
Here’s another F to consider: form. How’s yours? Here are a few tips to make your walk wonderful.
- Keep your head up, and ears above your shoulders
- Relax your neck and shoulders
- Let your arms swing a little
- Keep your stomach muscles gently engaged and your back neutral — not arched or rounded
- Your gait should be smooth, rolling from heel to toe
- Wear the right shoes. Save your flip flops for the beach, your high heels for the nightclub
- Warm up and cool down, just like any other cardiovascular exercise, and stretch afterward
If you’re new to walking, start slow and small, gradually increase your time and pace, and let the wellness begin!
What’s your favourite place to walk? Got a tip to share with other readers? Have your say in the comment section below, or get in touch privately. I’d love to hear from you!