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.