|Written by Bill Hanks|
One of the best things anyone can do to improve their over fitness is walk. If you are a Senior or overweight, walking can go a long way in improving your fitness and health. The good thing about walking is that it is free. You don't need equipment or to join a health club.
In bad weather or the winter, people will walk in church halls, shopping malls, and even in their own homes. They walk for distance or time. You start at your own pace and can improve it as your fitness improves.
This simple motor movement of the body can actually change your life in ways you never thought about. For example, you can lose weight, which means different clothes. Because you are in better condition, you will want to be more active in other activities. If you walk through your neighborhood, you can observe things that you didn't know about. You will pass by your neighbors or new neighbors. If you have a friend walk with you, you can socialize more.
Health wise, walking improves your breathing, heart, flexibility, strength, and even mental cognitive thinking. The more oxygen to get to your brain, the sharper you will become.
So how is the best way to walk? First pick a set time each day and stick to it like a routine. Pick a place to walk that you know is safe and easy to navigate. When I say safe, avoid things like dogs, construction or destruction, crowds, and traffic. Map your course. Know your total distance of travel and the time it will take. Set a pace. Start slow at first and pick up your pace as you improve.
Equipment is important. You need a good pair of walking shoes, socks, and the proper clothing. When it comes to clothing, you should wear clothing that can easily be seen by drivers. This is especially helpful in the twilight hours. Some individuals like to carry a cane or staff. This comes in handy for many things. It does help with arm action, too. If you are older, it can stabilize your balance.
Walking can be an enjoyable exercise and add meaning to your life.