For all of us able bodied people walking for exercise is the cheapest and easiest way to stay fit and healthy. Not only can we do it anywhere or at anytime but it is a great way to see things, take in fresh air and you will be surprised with how many people will say hi to you as you go. This form of exercise does not only keep your heart healthy and your weight down but it is also good for the bones as it is a weight bearing exercise. Most people can do it and it costs nothing other than some good walking shoes. Walking for exercise is also a great benefit to people recuperation from injury, operations and illnesses. It gets you moving but in a gentle natural way.
We walk all the time so doing a little extra is not very hard at all. Try parking your car a little further away from where you need to go, choose the stairs instead of elevators, walk to the shops and so on. This gives you more exercise without even realizing that it is exercising. It is amazing the sights that you see when you go for a walk.
All the things that you miss when you are driving the car. It can give you time to do your thinking as well when you are walking for exercise. Include your partner or family in this activity and you will soon find that not only are you doing something healthy for your body but you are also doing something positive for your family life.
If you have pets, in particular dogs, as they need to be walked regularly so this is a great way for you to gain the benefits while walking your canine buddy. It is unfortunate in this day and age that there are so many obese people and even scarier still is the fact that children are a high percentage of this. You can blame it on fast food, computers, busy lifestyles but how can you really make excuses when exercise can be done cheaply and easily just by taking a good long brisk walk. Obviously to lose weight and become healthy you need to change your eating habits as well but as far as the exercising there is really no excuse is there? All you need to do is look at the obesity and illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, stroke etc and say to yourself this is so unnecessary and is easy to change. If everyone just ate smaller healthier nutritious and tasty meals, went for a 30 minute brisk walk everyday then we wouldn't have these problems at these epidemic levels.
Not only are people dying unnecessarily but they are costing the tax payers so much money in health care. It really is a sad situation that can be fixed.
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