Whether you are rich or poor, many of us are failing to see the connection between our habits and health. We may regard enjoying good health as a matter of fate, or as something we have little control over. Such fatalistic view restrains many of us from improving our health and living a much more productive life.
In reality, whatever our financial circumstances, there are fundamental steps that we can take to prevent and greatly improve our health as well as health for our families. Would that be worth it? Absolutely! You can improve the quality of your life, and avoid shortening it needlessly.
GET ENOUGH REST
“Better is a handful of rest than a double handful of hard work and striving after the wind” Said an ancient writer. Modern life has crippled away at the time we spend sleeping. Studies have shown that sleep is crucial to good health. Our body as well as our brain repair themselves during sleep, which in turn benefits our memory as well as our mood.
Sleep improves the immune system and reduces our risk of illness, diabetes, strokes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, depression and maybe even Alzheimer’s disease.
Sleep is particularly important when we are sick. Our body will overcome some illnesses, such as a cold, if we just get extra sleep and drink a lot of fluids.
KEEP YOURSELF MOVING
Leading a physically active way of living can help us to feel happier, think more clearly, have more energy, be more productive and control our weight along with a proper diet.
To be effective exercise doesn’t need to be painful or extreme. Regular periods of moderate walking several times a week can be very beneficial.
Walking, be it brisk walking, or moderate walking, it is enough to do both; get your heart beating faster and to cause you to break a sweat.
Walking can improve your endurance and help prevent a heart attack and stroke. Now, if you combine walking with aerobic exercise and some calisthenics, it can help to strengthen your bones, internal muscles, and limbs.
What other benefits can you get from walking? Well walking can also contribute to maintaining a higher metabolism, which in-turn helps to control your weight.
WALKING CAN BE ENJOYABLE
Walking is something people of all ages can do. And best of all you don’t even have to have a membership at a gym to walk. It is simple as using your feet instead of a car, bus, or elevator. That is a good start. Why use your car if you are able to walk to your destination! When shopping, park your car the furthest from the entrance.
When it comes to walking, your age doesn’t matter. If you are older or have health problems and have not been exercising, it is best you consult your doctor before you begin. Inform your doctor of your goals. But do start walking!
MOTIVATE YOURSELF TO WALK
An ancient writer said; “Everyone shrewd will act with knowledge.”
What does it mean? Arming yourself with basic health information can empower and help you make the necessary adjustments to improve your personal health.
Continue to educate yourself about basic ways to improve your health as well as avoiding endangering it.
Very important to keep an open mind and be willing to make simple adjustments.
Do not give up! Whenever we make adjustments we may experience more success if we start gradually and we do not set unreachable goals for ourselves. Do not set a goal of walking five miles or even two miles if you just starting to exercise after a long time without exercising, even if it is just walking.
What are some adjustments that are going to motivate you! Try cutting down on less-healthful foods, notice I said cutting down, and not cutting out. Also, try going to bed a little earlier in order to get a little more rest.
Very important to keep in mind that if you do not see immediate benefits or changes in your health from your extra efforts, do not despair. If you persist, despite some setbacks, your health is likely to improve.
WHAT IS NEEDED
Establishing and maintaining a healthy way of life requires more than self-interest.
Eliminating long-standing bad habits can be daunting and often requires strong motivation to make even simple adjustments.
We may not even be moved by the possibilities of serious illness and death, to do what we think is right for us.
So what will? For all of us, may need to keep in mind a much higher purpose, or objective, in life.
Are you married, have kids, have elderly parents that need your care, or would you like to be a blessing to the community rather than a burden? Well you need to be healthy and strong to continue helping the above mentioned. And this would involve love and concern for others.
Walking is a great place to start to improve your health and strength.
REASON TO WALK
- Walking strengthens your heart
- Walking is good for your brain. It improves cognitive function.
- Walking is good for your bones. Walking is effective in slowing the rate of bone loss from the legs.
- Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking approximately 2 1/2 hours per week as well as losing at least 7% of your body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.
- Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression.
- Walking reduces the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. Women who brisk walk have an 18% decrease of risk for breast cancer compared with an inactive woman.
- Walking improves fitness. Increases cardio respiratory fitness.
Many of these benefits may not come as a surprise. After all, thousands of studies have shown that exercise or walking is good for you. We’ve been hearing about this for years.
Exercise scientists approached the study of physical activity differently. Instead of benefits, they looked at the negative aspects of being a couch potato.
Studies have shown that sitting is not good for your health or fitness. Studies have shown that people who reported sitting for most of the day died sooner from cardiovascular disease than those who reported sitting almost none of the time.
TYPES OF WALK
You have power walking also known as speed walking or brisk walking, and there is just walking. Both are excellent forms of exercise that yield fitness and health benefits.
Just walking is the plain old walking technique, one step in front of the other. You have been doing it your entire life. I encourage you to do it more frequently and do it for exercise.
Brisk or speed walking can be almost as challenging as jogging. It requires more arm and torso movement, which leads to increased torso and hip rotation, which amounts to higher aerobic demands so in turn you burn more calories.
WHAT TYPE OF SHOES FOR WALKING
The shoes you wear does make a difference. They have running shoes, walking shoes, cross training shoes, etc.
Walking shoes normally have heels and toes that are rounded up, for the purpose of reducing impact on heel strike and increasing energy during push off.
If you buy a pair of shoes and your feet still hurt, speak with your doctor or a podiatrist. It will be hard to stay motivated if your feet are hurting.
Make sure the shoes or sneakers are flexible with more bend in the toe than a running shoe/sneaker. So make sure you can bend and twist the toe area of your walking shoe.
What is recommended is a breathable shoe, so mesh fabrics are better than leather.
Always wear socks. Synthetic socks made of polypropylene are better than cotton because they don’t compress and they dry quickly.
Always try on both shoes when making a purchase.
Enjoy your new shoes, enjoy your walking, but more importantly enjoy your new and improved healthy lifestyle!
You Have Many Reasons to Walk! But YOU Are The Most Important!