Walking

Walking is something I would love to do more of, but dealing with Cerebral Palsy somewhat limits how far I go for a walk.

We know that a healthy diet and exercise are a good combination to a successful life, but American research suggests that around 50% of American people are not involved in regular physical activities. Those people who walk reduce their risk of life threatening diseases like heart attacks, cancer or a stroke.

Combined studies have been carried out between the British Heart Foundation, US Department of Health and other leading Health Care Organisations.

They believe that:

  • Regular brisk walking helps reduce cardiovascular diseases such as stroke and heart disease;
  • Regular brisk walking also helps assist in lowering bad cholesterol (“LDL cholesterol”) and increasing good cholesterol (“HDL cholesterol”);
  • Walking also lowers blood pressure and improves circulation;
  • Walking also helps improve weight problems;
  • Walking can also help improve cellulite;
  • Regular walking may help improve bone density, which in effect lowers our chance of getting Osteoporosis.

There are so many other reasons to keep walking. Walking helps reduce our risk of developing type 2 Diabetes. It can also help minimise chronic and acute stress and help regulate better sleep patterns.

Walking also helps regulate bowel movements and bladder function. It is known to help with depression and can also help with respiratory function. It’s good for joint function too.

Walking also allows us the freedom to concentrate on having time to ourselves, away from the trials and tribulations of our busy lifestyles. Walking is free, effortless and above all contributes to health and our wellbeing and mental health.

It also allows us to go back to basics, where we should have been before television and computers came into our lives.


6 Apr, 2011

10 thoughts on “Walking

  1. I can’t agree more with this post.

    As a nation of ‘coach potatoes’ here in the UK, we would benefit so much from getting outside and enjoying the fresh air.

    It is sometimes difficult to find time for a long walk and that’s why I’m going to buy a bike, so that I can get fit and keep healthy while at the same time going to work or night classes.

    1. I agree completely with your sentiments, it’s important for us to be fit. We also need no be distracted by television or computer work, so walking is ideal. A bike is a good idea too.

      Any form of exercise is ideal.

  2. I used to walk a lot when I was younger (early 40’s). I want to start again when the weather gets a little warmer.

    They have a great idea here where I live. They have an indoor walking club for the winter time when the weather is bad.

    I may join next winter in order to stay active and help with weight control.

    1. That’s a great idea Randy. I am sure you will get back in to the full swing of walking with the club. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for posting.

  3. I agree with you in that walking or any type of physical activity that people enjoy should be encouraged! I know many people of all ages who don’t participate in anything.

    Walking is okay for me, but I like swimming a lot more. It’s low impact and easy on your body and joints.

    1. You’re absolutely right LeAnna. Glad you like swimming. Swimming was never my favourite exercise. I was also very conscious of people staring at me, so I was very reluctant to swim. I’m of course completely okay with it now.

      We all have to find what we’re comfortable with and as you say be encouraged. Thank you for posting.

  4. I enjoy a nice walk when I have time. I guess I just need to learn how to limit myself and make time for walking. Great post!

    1. I think you’re right Lisa. We all should take time out to go for a walk. It also helps us refocus, regroup and cuts down on daily stress.

  5. I love this post. I also love walking and want to get into the habit of regular exercise, including walking.

    It’s good to get fresh air too. Lovely article Ilana!

    1. Thanks Katie. I hope you do. The winter months are always the hardest months, but it’s very rewarding and as you say healthy too.

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