There has been a sharp increase in lifestyle diseases (such as diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, body pains, and heart problems) during recent years. These are called lifestyle diseases because they are usually caused by making poor life choices. The current ideal lifestyle demands constant comfort, so we drive a car to go to office, we use a washing machine and vacuum cleaner to keep our house spic and span, and we use an air conditioner to keep ourselves cool, but all these comforts come at the price of our health.
To be healthy and remain healthy requires an active lifestyle, however due to the pressures of work, and inflexible schedules, daily exercise is not always possible. But one thing that you all can always do is walk. Walking is a complete exercise and can be done by people of all ages and all body types. For example, if you are sick or have joint problems you may not be able to engage in intense exercise, but you can still go for a little walk. Walking strengthens our muscles and helps us inhale more oxygen to improve blood circulation.
Walking is a good way to control obesity. When we walk, we burn extra calories and this helps us control our weight. Similarly, people who have heart problems cannot do full workouts, but can go for a 20 minute walk. Walking, however, does not necessarily mean going only for a morning walk or evening walk. Walking means making an effort to be fit. So avoid taking a bus or cab and walk to your office or go for a walk after work with your children/ friends/ spouse.
Just remember these important guidelines:
- If you going for a walk during a cloudy day, remember to carry an umbrella.
- Try to walk early in the morning, as the air is fresher.
- Always wear comfortable clothes (preferably made of cotton) when walking.
- In the winter, dress properly if you are going for walk.
- Walk as per your capacity, do not over do it, try to increases your pace and distance gradually.
- Finally, walk daily to achieve the best results and stay healthy