Walk your way to good health!
I am a great proponent of “Morning Walk” but I don’t know of anyone around me, whom I have inspired by my lectures on benefits of a morning walk. Though some of my friends have started travelling inspired by my travelogues on the blog, for morning walks resistance is higher. We all know that walking is beneficial for the overall health of the being…
…I started walking some 25 years ago, without really thinking about its direct or even fringe benefits. I just liked walking, the peace, the breeze, the ideas, the mental & physical synergy, the fellow walkers…all added value to my walking regimen. I remember going with my father as a young girl, who used to walk much faster than me, but it was good fun catching him. After which it became a habit with me. Moreover, being over-weight, I always thought, walking balances it all. I remain fit, physically energetic and mentally more agile. When Baba Ramdev emerged on the scene, I added deep breathing to my regimen inspired by his Yoga Sessions.
Times changed and “Wellness” became a fad, morning walk attained new dimensions, suddenly we could see walkers in branded track pants, T-shirts and keds in all colonies/parks / jogging tracks walking briskly with mobile and earphone in tow. Conventionally, earlier morning walk was associated with old people (Subah ki Sair), who needed to pass time after retirement. With changing times, millennial generation made a morning walk fashionable. I am sure morning walk has become pan Indian phenomenon with people of all strata of society jumping the fray…old people, not so old people, young people, college students, boys & girls, ladies & gentlemen and children, the whole lot. Reasons for everyone’s walk may vary, but the objective is the same to attain mental & physical fitness. I have many fellow walkers who have been walking in the same park with me for over 15 years. Not all walk, some do yoga, some exercise, some do deep breathing, some just enjoy morning breeze, some listen to music and some are there to gossip. My reason for walking doesn’t include any of the above as it has been more of a habit and ritual with me which has benefitted me immensely. I set my day’s work during the morning walk, all creative ideas cross my mind then and fitness, that is for everybody to see. I am more energetic and creatively inspired than colleagues nearly half my age, more so hardly any medical leaves in my career. Can I ask for more?
Indeed, there are some tangible and intangible benefits of walking like: If you are diabetic, 30 minutes’ walk enables you to maintain glucose levels. It is strongly advised by all doctors. Walking combined with good sleep and a healthy diet can do away doctor in your life. You will be astonished to find out that good old walking is a single practice which could significantly benefit the whole body and mind. It’s free, easy and requires little effort. Waking up early morning and drag yourself out to the park is quite an effort though.
According to the American Heart Association, walking is no less effective than running when it comes to the prevention of heart-related disease or stroke. This activity helps avoid heart problems by lowering high blood pressure and cholesterol levels and improving blood circulation.
Walking is an aerobic exercise which increases oxygen flow in the bloodstream and helps train your lungs, as well as eliminate toxins and waste. Because of better and deeper breathing, some symptoms associated with lung disease may also be relieved.
Muscle tone and weight loss (in overweight cases) may also be achieved through walking. The practice of walking 10,000 steps a day may be counted as an actual workout in a gym, especially if you add some intervals or walking uphill. Additionally, it’s low impact and there’s no recovery time, which means no sore muscles and regrets for missing tomorrow’s workout due to being too sore the next day.
Walking can provide more joint mobility, prevent loss of bone mass, and even reduce the risk of fractures. The Arthritis Foundation recommends walking moderately at least 30 minutes a day on a regular basis to reduce pain in your joints, along with stiffness and inflammation.
Mushrooming of gyms all over the place shows that for any benefit, we are ready to pay a hefty price, but we will not value those things which are freely available to us. So set – up your alarm, sport your walking gear & get set go!
If my post inspires, even one person around me, I am happy.
Hope Reena is listening oops reading!