As much as walking is easily dismissed as one of the ways to keep fit simply because itâ€™s not strenuous, it has helped me in a lot of ways. Iâ€™ve never been to the gym before. Doing stretches, push-ups and skipping rope in the house is usually my daily dose of exercise. Being 27 now and trying to establish my business and grow in my career makes most of my day time spent seated and on my computer. I move around less and additionally, I detest getting out of the house unless need be. I have my appropriate portions of fruit, vegetables, and proteins which contribute to my maintained weight. However, the prolonged immobility due to my work and morning to evening snack bites comprised of mainly junk food get in the way.
How to start walking
I started long walks of an hour a day a year ago after I discovered how it contributed to fitness and weight loss. I got a job whose contract lasted three months, one that required me to leave the house and walk for quite a distance to get to the office. I detested it at first because it took a lot of my energy as there was a bridge with really steep stairs on the way to work that I had to climb every day. Slowly it became easier for me and the little heat I generated in the morning helped a lot because those three months were the coldest in the year. After I was done, I discovered I had lost 2 kg and moving around wasnâ€™t as tedious as it had been before. Thatâ€™s when I decided to keep it up.
Walking does not have any set of rules to follow. All you need is a healthy pair of legs and you can walk away. Whether itâ€™s on your way to work, to school or the park all you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and cotton socks if youâ€™re wearing closed shoes. Socks absorb all the sweat excreted by the feet and ensure you donâ€™t get blisters from the friction caused from the shoes and your feet. You can start by walking 30 minutes every day and increase your time to 1 or 2 hours according to how much your body can take. Walking tends to dehydrate you, so you should carry a bottle of water to keep you hydrated.
Pros and Cons
Apart from keeping you fit, walking is known to strengthen bones, enhance muscle power and reduce the risk of heart disease. Another great thing about it is that it is absolutely free and needs no training or technique. However, to reap any of its various advantages, you need to walk for at least 30 minutes every day. This can seem dull but can be made easier if you walk somewhere you need to be every day. It can seem boring for the first few days so you can find a friend to walk with or listen to music as you walk.
I have come to love walking as it also gives me a chance to meditate and spend some time with myself. It is definitely the one way to keep you fit for the rest of your life.