Chitrangada writes to spread awareness about healthy lifestyles. Yoga and walking have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits at any age.
“If you seek creative ideas go walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for
― Raymond I. Myers
Brisk walking- The safest and the easiest form of exercise to remain healthy and fit.
There are elders in my family, who wake up before the Sunrise, get fresh and leave the home, for long walks.
They prefer to walk in some open space, which could be the garden, or open green parks or the fields, besides the river, or the Seashore.
And they have been doing it all through their lives, irrespective of how busy they have been or wherever they were—Whether it‘s a busy city or the humble countryside, or the villages.
I find these people, whether they are in their sixties, seventies or eighties, much more healthier and energetic, than many or most of the youngsters of today.
How and why?
- This may be because, regular walking, not only keeps our body in shape, but it also energizes your body.
- Regular walking has adequate and positive effect, on the blood circulation in our hands, legs and brain.
- The human mind gets alert and energetic, by means of regular walking.
- Those who walk regularly, feel mentally and physically active, energetic, cheerful and healthy.
- I have often found such people to have a positive outlook towards life.
- They do not get bogged down by the many struggles of life. Rather, they deal with the problems of life, with a calm and composed mind.
How does walking keep us away from serious health threats and common diseases?
- If we walk, for even two hours in a week, it can save us, from the brain strokes by 30% .
- If we walk, for 40 minutes, thrice in a week, it increases our memory.
- If we walk, for four hours in a week, it can reduce the chances of hip fracture, by 40% .
- If we walk, for 30 minutes in a day, it is a good remedy, to overcome depression.
- Walking regularly, for 40 minutes to 1 hour, can reduce the risk of heart attacks.
- In addition, we can reduce the extra body weight, by 50% by means of brisk walking everyday.
Source: General physician's advice.
Walking for a healthy lifestyle; prevention from diseases and general physical fitness.
It would be wrong to say that those who are not walking and doing other forms of exercises, are not careful or conscious about their health.
Of course they are.
- But walking has a deep and positive impact, on our entire behaviour and our sensibilities. The impact may be slow in the beginning, but it is definitely there.
- There are people, who prefer to hit the Gym, and still some others, who play some form of Sport. But walking or brisk walking, is a safe and easy way of keeping ourselves fit.
- There are people with some kind of health issues and cannot perform rigorous exercises in the Gym or play exhaustive sport.
- Those persons may be suffering from heart, lungs or abdomen related health problems.
- Walking is the safest bet for them. In any case, they should not avoid efforts to keep their body weight, under control.
- Walking makes it possible, and the blood circulation in their bodies, also remains normal, which is good for their ailing organs.
- It is claimed by physicians and doctors, that walking has proved to be beneficial for patients of Diabetes, to keep their blood sugar level, under control.
- Walking helps those, who are suffering from Arthritis, as it helps to improve bone density.
- Regular walking regularises, blood pressure levels, as well.
“When I'm in turmoil, when I can't think, when I'm exhausted and afraid and feeling very, very alone, I go for walks. It's just one of those things I do. I walk and I walk and sooner or later something comes to me, something to make me feel less like jumping off a building.”
― Jim Butcher, Storm Front
Some other benefits of brisk walking, worth mentioning :
- When you are walking in the open, your eyes see the greenery all around. This relaxes and soothes the eyes.
- There is a feeling of contentment and pleasure in the heart. Health experts are of the opinion, that if you walk for at least half an hour in the open, the muscles of the heart, work more efficiently.
- Walking has a positive impact on your mood as well. Anger or depression, if any, lowers and the happiness level increases.
- You can walk alone or with a partner. It can be your friends, wife or kids. Walking becomes more enjoyable with someone who is as health conscious, as you.
- Always breathe through your nose, while walking. Make an effort, to tuck in your tummy, if you can.
- The open air fields, the gardens, the parks are the best for walking. The walking place, should be full of greenery and free from pollution.
- While you are walking, keep your mind free, from any kind of stress, anxiety, tension or anger.
- Walking is safe even for the pregnant women, while other exercises are not. In fact, it is beneficial for the unborn child, and the expectant mother.
Learn the correct way of brisk walking, source: You tube
Put on your walking shoes, that are comfortable for your feet.
- I think by now, I must have motivated you enough, to put on your walking shoes, and set out to walk.
- Make walking a regular habit, and your daily routine.
- Most people make excuses these days, that they do not have enough time, and their work schedule, does not allow them, as much time.
- But the fact is, that the lifestyle of today has become more or less sedentary. Spending several hours in front of the computers or the Television, is very unhealthy, and this habit needs to be changed.
- Keep yourself motivated by tracking your progress, by means of smartphone step counter apps, Fitbit watches etc.
Because health is wealth, and sooner we realise this, the better.
Our mother nature is so beautiful. We just have to walk along, to see this beauty and get health benefits, as well.
It’s important to use good walking and running shoes.
Physical therapist shows, how to walk correctly. Source: YouTube
Further Suggested Readings:
1. Via Medical News Today:
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan
What is your favourite workout plan? Please share in the comments section.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 09, 2017:
Thank you Diana for revisiting this hub!
Appreciate you for your kind comments and for understanding the importance of brisk walking in maintaining sound health!
Diana Abrahamson on June 09, 2017:
I have heard that walking is very good for all over health. Your article was a reminder to step up and continue the exercise and not to slack off!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 08, 2017:
Thanks Diana for reading and sharing your thoughts!
Yes walking is rejuvenating and therapeutic at the same time! I enjoy my evening walks in the community parks very much.
Glad that you liked the hub! Thank you!
Diana Abrahamson on June 08, 2017:
My husband and I love walking at least four times a week. One really feels more mentally alert. Thanks for the info and the health benefits!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 23, 2015:
Thank you Audrey, for your appreciation of the hub! I understand that you walk regularly from your FB post. Great going indeed and I wish you best of health and happiness.
Brisk walking is something I can not miss, not only to keep fit but also to remain positive, peaceful and happy. It helps me to remain calm in the difficult phases of the journey called Life.
Thank you so much for commenting!
Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on November 21, 2015:
I walk most every day and feel much more energetic afterward. Some days I really don't feel like going for a walk, but those are the times when I need to walk the most. It lifts my spirits and keeps me in good shape even at my age.
Thank you for this hub. Great reminder! Sharing.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 03, 2015:
Thanks peachpurple, for your positive comments!
I appreciate your mother in law for this habit of early morning walks. It is definitely a very important way to keep agile and healthy.
peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 31, 2014:
my mother in law loves to brisk walking at 6am in the morning when the sky is still dark
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2014:
Thank you Susan recipes, for reading and commenting!
Glad to know that walking is your favorite exercise as well. Sorry for a late response. Have a good day!
Susan from India on November 21, 2014:
Walking is my favorite exercise and I love walking. Thanks for sharing this.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 22, 2014:
Thank you thefedorows, for your kind visit and positive comments!
Glad to know that you and your family is a regular walker.
thefedorows from the Midwest on July 21, 2014:
I agree! Walking is a regular activity in our home. We enjoy trying out new parks and walking trails as often as we can, at least once a week. It's a great activity to do together and it doesn't cost anything!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 05, 2014:
Thank you Eddy, for your kind visit and comments!
Eiddwen from Wales on July 04, 2014:
A great hub and thanks for sharing.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 02, 2014:
Thank you Minnetonka Twin, for your kind visit and lovely comments!
I like the term, power walking! And I agree walking makes you feel happy and calm.
Glad you liked this hub!
Linda Rogers from Minnesota on July 01, 2014:
I use to run for my daily work out but hated it. I learned how bad it can be for your joints and body in general, and started power walking. I have been power walking with my dogs for years now. I can be in the worst mood, and after my walk I am happy as a clam. Thanks for the informative and enjoyable hub.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 27, 2014:
Thank you so much teaches12345, for your visit and positive comments!
Its good to know that you walk everyday. Even I do the same.
Thanks for your support!
Dianna Mendez on June 26, 2014:
I enjoy a brisk walk at our local park. It always helps me sleep better at night. Your information on wearing proper shoes is one people should note. Shoes provide good support and help your body alignment.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2014:
Thank you rasta1, for your kind visit and comments!
Walking and exercising is necessary to maintain health, even if you own a car.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 17, 2014:
Thank you Vellur, for your visit and comments!
Marvin Parke from Jamaica on June 17, 2014: