A Good Walk is a Great Place to Start
While brushing your teeth, you gaze at your reflection in the mirror above your bathroom sink. Regretfully, you notice how rapidly the fine lines under your eyes are expanding. Besides your physical appearance, your health also seems to be on the downturn. Your knees feel painful and stiff when you get out of bed each morning. Last week, your physician warned you that you would need to start taking medicine to control your blood pressure if your blood pressure readings don’t soon improve. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. At some point, the unrelenting, aging process begins to catch up with everyone. While you can’t stop the march of time in its tracks, you can engage in activities to slow it down. And, a good walk is a great place to start.
The benefits of regular, cardiovascular exercise on the body are astounding. For some people, engaging in this form of exercise can help:
- Jumpstart a weight loss plan
- Lower blood pressure numbers
- Decrease blood sugar levels
- Lower LDL cholesterol numbers
- Diminish triglyceride levels
- Provide an instant, energy surge
Walking is one of the best types of cardiovascular exercise you can complete. Because you can accomplish this form of exercise virtually everywhere, you don’t need to invest in any specialized equipment or purchase a gym membership. You can walk both outdoors and indoors. Therefore, the weather forecast shouldn’t prevent you from achieving a great workout. When the skies are grey and pouring rain, you can utilize a treadmill. If you don’t have access to a treadmill, you can walk at a local mall or gymnasium during periods of inclement weather. For those with painful joints, walking provides a good, low-impact workout.
Besides walking, think about incorporating balance, flexibility, and strength-training workouts into your fitness program. All of these types of exercises will help you improve your health and combat the dreaded, aging process. Before starting any kind of exercise routine, consult with a trusted, healthcare provider.
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