There are more reasons to walk than ever before. Regular walking as some other aerobic activities has shown positive impact on the cardiovascular health of different individuals. Carried out in moderation, walking alone can provide you with stronger heart and can result in improved blood supply in the vascular system.
It is though required that you devise a plan today that works for you. If you manage regular walking with a comprehensive diet and other exercise plans, you can have weight loss and toned muscles.
In a recent interview with a renowned newspaper, Dr. Craig Williams a sports science lecturer at the University of Exeter stated: “It (regular walk) can improve muscle endurance as well as muscle strength, especially in the lower body. It is good for bones and improves the body’s cardiovascular system. It also helps boost circulation. Power-walking – keeping a brisk pace at moderate to high intensity – can burn the same amount of calories as jogging or running. So it is useful for helping with weight loss.”
Going even further in the interview, he stated: “Because it is low impact, it does not have the same potential for injury as jogging. Yet it can offer all the benefits”. A lot of people find jogging difficult to manage and although it has great benefits, a lot of people with knee problems find it impossible to maintain a regular and steady jogging routine.
Dr. Craig Williams is not alone, there are other experts interviewed by the same newspaper who agree with him. Marcus Davis, an osteopath with the Harley Street Back Centre in London is one who agrees in totality with Dr. Craig. He says: “Walking helps to drain the lower legs of excess fluid and can help prevent varicose veins through the pumping action of the calf muscles. The increased supply of oxygen exercise promotes also gets rid of the waste products in the tissues. ‘And because more people are able to walk at a consistent speed than run, it is a more beneficial form of tissue-cleansing, particularly for the over-50s, for whom jogging can actually cause more problems”
The benefits of walking are not finished here, in his statement, he further carries on the subject by discussing how potentially helpful regular walking can be for people who are suffering from chronic injuries.
“Walking is also better for the spine than running, as it puts less stress on the discs. Yet we were designed for constant movement, not sitting in cars or in front of computers, which causes negative pressures on our spinal cord. Regular walking is excellent for spinal discs, which receive minerals and vitamins through the pumping action it causes. ‘And the best thing is that you can see results from walking reasonably quickly – although it depends on each person’s individual level of fitness, age and how often and fast they are walking.”
If you needed added incentive to start regular walking, this here is ample incentive for you to carry on. Start today and feel the benefits of regular walking!
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