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Walking Benefits


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Walking is among the easiest and most helpful exercise you can engage in to lose weight, relieve stress and stay fit. Taking a brisk walk or run in the morning also refreshes the body and puts it into good shape for the activities throughout the day. If you also want to do a fitness program but you do not know where to start or you do not know what to do, walking is one easy way to start getting fit. Though there are many health benefits of walking and running, it is always wise to consult your doctor for some recommended level of exercise that is helpful for you if you have an existing medical condition.

Whether you are new to getting exercise via walking or a fitness junkie, there are so many benefits you will gain by doing this simple exercise. Your heart will highly benefit when you walk fast paced. Cardio exercise is what you desire to get your heart pumping which will benefit you and your heart.

You will have a feeling of well-being when you get out and walk. Exercise gets your endorphins going and helps to change your mood for the better. When you feel happier others will notice. You will enjoy life more when you are in the best mood you can possibly be in.

Another one of the many benefits of walking includes toning up your muscles. You will especially tone up your legs, rear and hips. Your arms will benefit when you swing them from side to side. Once you truly get going on your walking exercise you can add weights to your ankles and wrists to tone up even more. Slowly but surely feel and watch your clothes become looser and looser. You may even decide to treat yourself to a new outfit or a whole new wardrobe when you tone up due to walking.

Get your vitamin D when you walk outside. Many people lack vitamin D during the winter months. If people would just step outside for fifteen minutes per day they would get the vitamin D they need. Fresh air and sunshine improve our well-being. It also helps our bodies to absorb calcium so is necessary for healthy bones and teeth.

Another one of the benefits of walking is getting to know your neighbors better. You and your neighbor or a few of your neighbors can start a walking group. If you cannot find any neighbors that live right next to you interested, you can hang up a sign at the local grocery store. Surely there will be at least one or two others that want to get walking and get fit. Enjoy the conversation and new company!

If you have children you will give them a good example by showing them that you exercise. Many times adults just say that exercise is good for their children, but they do not participate in it. This is understandable as many people are so busy. Folks just need to schedule a time in the day where they can take some ‘me’ time and get a workout in.

You can walk on your treadmill if you own one. Listen to fast-paced music you enjoy so you walk faster and sweat more. You can also watch one of your favorite TV shows while you walk and before you know it your exercise will be done. You will feel great knowing you accomplished your walk and exercise for the day.

Speed up your metabolism when you fast paced walk. Most people love to eat. You can eat more when you workout since you burn more calories. Just do not continuously overdo your eating or you can add extra pounds to your body even if you continue to walk.

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