Walking lowers the body’s levels of bad cholesterols and increases the levels of good cholesterol. Walking also encourages the blood vessels to dilate in order to accommodate more blood flow, and in the process it gets rid of toxins in the body like carbon dioxide and lactic acid. Likewise walking like many forms of aerobic exercise can yield benefits when it comes to your mood.
People who dread the thought of exercising will probably be happy with walking. Brisk walking, particularly, has been shown to exhibit the same effects as jogging minus the “pain”. Brisk walking can also reduce the risk of heart attack as much as if you were jogging.
Brisk walking, although it seems very much commonplace, is still a form of exercise. It should therefore be treated like such, and certain precautions must be taken to avoid injury. First is to make sure that you have the gear you need, such as the proper shoes for the occasion, that which can best absorb the impact and take the shock from your ankles and knees. Wear clothes that allow sweat to be drawn away from the body and you can also opt for brighter colors if you will be walking outdoors so that motorists will notice you immediately.
You should warm up and stretch before brisk walking so that your muscles are conditioned before subjecting them to stress. After the workout, you should also cool down by walking on a slower pace before resting.
It is generally advised to take up about at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. You could divvy this up by doing a five minute warm up walk, followed by 10 minutes or more of brisk walking, then five minutes of slow paced walking. Track you progress week by week and once you have built up your stamina, increase the pace or the duration of your walk. Walking is also a great group activity, so if you can engage your friends or family to do it with you, the more motivation and fun you will have while exercising.