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Brisk Walking: The Safest and Easiest Way, to Remain Fit and Healthy

Chitrangada writes to spread awareness about healthy lifestyles. Yoga and walking have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits at any age.

Quotes:

“If you seek creative ideas go walking.
Angels whisper to a man when he goes for
a walk.”
― Raymond I. Myers

Brisk walking is the safest and easiest form of exercise, to keep fit and healthy.

Brisk walking is the safest and easiest form of exercise, to keep fit and healthy.

Walking in the park!

Walking in the park!

Brisk walking is 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.
Walking beside the river is relaxing!

Walking beside the river is relaxing!

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 along these fragrant flowers in the early morning, makes you stress free

Walking along these fragrant flowers in the early morning, makes you stress free

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.
Walking is easy, safe and healthy!

Walking is easy, safe and healthy!

Quotes:

“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

Wear comfortable shoes, while going for brisk walking

Wear comfortable shoes, while going for brisk walking

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:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/brisk-walking

2. Via Mayo clinic:
https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/walking/art-20046261

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!

Thank You!

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 Idyllwild Ca. 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.

Thanks again!

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.

Thanks!

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.

Eddy.

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.

Thanks again!

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:

I have always noticed that the health of my friends deteriorate when they buy their first car. After which they start walking again as a form as an exercise.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 17, 2014:

Brisk walking is a great exercise, the safest one as you say. Walking definitely uplifts the spirit!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2014:

Thank you midget38, for your visit and support!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on June 16, 2014:

I do enjoy a good walk. Just about to go for one!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2014:

Excellent suggestion, aviannovice!

And who can understand the beauty of Nature, better than you!

Thanks for your visit and support!

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 15, 2014:

Very well done! We can use the sights of nature to get people out there in order to exercise. They can even take their cameras to encourage family members on what they are missing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 15, 2014:

Thanks wqaindia, for your kind visit and positive feedback!

Very pleased to know that you brisk walk everyday with your wife. I also prefer walking in the morning and sometimes in the evening.

Thanks and take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 15, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for your kind visit and continued support!

Good to know that you walk daily! Thanks and take care!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 15, 2014:

Thanks ktnptl, for your kind visit and appreciation!

Ashok Goyal from 448 Dalima Vihar Rajpura 140401 Punjab India on June 15, 2014:

I believe that Swimming, Cycling and Brisk Walking are the best natural exercises for a normal person but brisk walking is one of the easiest, best and simplest way to tone up your body, blood circulation and above all to burn extra calories. I undertake brisk walking along with my better half daily for about one hour and we walk with same steps as if we are doing the military parade. Morning Brisk walking is better than the evening walk and that too away from pollution and in the green belts. Treadmill is preferred if we can not move out in proper parks or greeneries.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 14, 2014:

I walk daily and feel great about my adventures. A brilliantly thought of hub most encouraging, and with sound advice.

ktnptl from Atlanta, GA on June 13, 2014:

That's true and very fun way. Nice article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Hi Anamika!

Thanks for your visit and positive comments! I have a treadmill at my home but I still go out to walk in the morning and evening, as I find it really enjoyable and refreshing. Treadmill is a little monotonous, but is useful during rainy season.

Thanks for tweeting it as well!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Thank you word55, for your kind visit and comments!

Yes, I have seen many walkers maintain their weight, just by brisk walking. In addition it keeps you cheerful and energetic too.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Thank you Peggy W, for your kind visit and positive comments!

That's the best part of walking. You enjoy the beauty of Nature, which is so soothing to the senses and gain health benefits in the process without even realizing it.

Thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Thank you peachpurple, for your visit and comment!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Thank you Sunil, for visiting this hub and appreciating!

I am glad that you liked it.

When you start your fitness routine after a gap, it is better to make a start with walking and flexibility exercises, to avoid cramps.

Wish you all the best and thanks again!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 13, 2014:

Thank you denise.w.anderson, for your kind visit and comments!

Swimming is very enjoyable. But as you said, membership in Gyms/ health clubs or swimming pools is very expensive, even otherwise. After retirement, of course one has limitations with respect to spending money.

Walking on the other hand is enjoyable with immense health benefits but no cost.

Thanks for your support!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 12, 2014:

Thank you chef-de-jour, for your kind visit and I am glad to know your walking schedule.

Even I do brisk walking everyday and I find it very rejuvenating.

Thanks for your insightful comments, votes and share!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 12, 2014:

Thank you billybuc, for your positive comments!

That's the reason, you are so agile and always writing so many useful hubs everyday. Walking definitely keeps you mentally alert and physically active.

Have a good day!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 12, 2014:

Thank you ARUNKANTIji, for visit and appreciation!

I am pleased to know that you are already following this healthy habit.

Thanks!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 12, 2014:

That's some awesome information on Brisk Walking. My walking mostly is limited to walking on the treadmill as I am occupied most of the time. I am sharing this on twitter.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on June 12, 2014:

Hi chitrangadasharan, Brisk walking is an excellent exercise. It's fun and intense. If consistent you will shed some pounds for sure :-)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 12, 2014:

I enjoy looking at the scenery when we walk as opposed to just looking at a TV monitor or other people in a gym. Mother Nature can be so soothing to the senses.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 12, 2014:

i love brisk walking

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on June 12, 2014:

Walking is simple and easy to follow. I was so strict on this exercise but for the last few months didn't follow it regularly and the result being my weight is increased. I need to cut short 5 kg and so I have to tighten my exercise schedule. I will give preference to brisk walk followed by some stretching exercise. You have brought forward a good topic, so narrative and useful. thank you for this informative post.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on June 12, 2014:

I like that saying, "health is wealth"! If we don't have our health, we don't have anything, that is for sure. I like walking, but I also enjoy swimming. It is a great full-body exercise. Unfortunately, there is cost associated with membership in a health club or gym, and during retirement, that can be prohibitive.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 12, 2014:

I agree! I walk every day after tea - perhaps a mile or more - and much more at weekends, up to 20 miles a stretch! Walking is therapeutic no doubt but it also helps with hatching ideas and working things out. Votes and a share.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 12, 2014:

Especially at my age. I still run three times a week, but the time is coming when a brisk walk will have to do for me. Good information here.

ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on June 12, 2014:

Brisk walking is my favourite exercise which seems to rejuvenate me keeping me fit and agile. Thank you for yet another good hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 12, 2014:

Thank you Jodah, for your visit and support!

You said it right and this is my most preferred form of exercise too.

Thanks for voting up!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on June 12, 2014:

Walking is great exercise and has the bonus that you can enjoy the scenery. Good hub, voted up.