Walking the Path to Better Health

by on March 10th, 2010 at 7:00 am

I was one of those people who constantly had an excuse as to why I didn’t exercise– until recently. After reading the book “Perfect Health” by Deepak Chopra, I found the necessary inspiration to at least get out and walk.

Walking has long been considered one of the best forms of exercise; however, for some reason in this “no pain, no gain society”, some people hardly consider it to be worth their time. I started slowly, taking one- fifteen minute walk a day after dinner, and after a week, I started walking in the morning before breakfast.

I’m at the point now where I look forward to my daily walks. It’s so revitalizing! In the morning, it helps clear the fog, and in the evenings, it helps me relax and prepare for bedtime.

One step at a time

Doctors recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, and walking can easily help you accomplish this. If you walk just 15 minutes in the morning before breakfast, and 15 minutes in the evening after dinner, you will be doing a marvelous thing for your health.

Of course, the intention of walking for fitness is not the same as strolling during window shopping at the mall. Walking at a steady pace will get your metabolism going and even do wonders for your emotional well-being. Psychologists many times recommend their patients suffering from anxiety and depression to walk every day to help ease their symptoms.

The benefits of walking don’t stop there. Bring along a loved one such as your spouse or friend, mother or child, and this can be a time of bonding– an undoubtedly healthy activity for the body and soul. If you have pets, take them for a longer walk then usual. They’ll be grateful, and after you start to experience the benefits, so will you.

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2 Responses to “Walking the Path to Better Health”

  1. Paulette

    Mar 10th, 2010

    I read the first line “I was one of those people who constantly had an excuse as to why I didn’t exercise– until recently.” and was like…. ugggggggggggg this is me!!!! I have been trying to walk more but sometimes it’s put off till the last thing in the day! BUT I know I have to exercise more FOR ME… put myself first at least for 30 minutes right? :)

  2. P.Gough

    Mar 10th, 2010

    Yes, 30 minutes a day is all you need, you can even break it up and walk in the morning for 10 minutes, after lunch for 10 minutes and after dinner for 10 minutes. The important thing to keep in mind is that it’s not meant to be a leisurely stroll, its walking for fitness so try to work up to a nice pace. :)

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