The man is a miracle. We are the only mammals on planet earth that (completely) move or walk on two legs. Our entire musculature is designed and adapted for this movement. It is the most natural and appropriate activity for man. We are created to be in constant motion. Unfortunately, due to the modern way of life in which we spend most of our time sitting, walking becomes a taboo topic.
Suppose you are fully aware of how healthy regular physical activity is for your body and mind. Suppose also that you do not have time, you are not a fan of sports or you just can not afford them. Is there a solution? Of course! Let’s go for a walk.
Walking is something that simply has no flaws. It is great for your health, positively affects your mental and emotional stability and can have a social dimension. Based on research on walking and the effect it has on the human body, we can conclude that although it is one of the best fighters with excess weight and slow metabolism, in the long run it can prove to be a solution for almost all modern diseases of mankind such as: type 2 diabetes, depression, insomnia, osteoporosis, etc.
It is recommended to walk 10,000 steps per day. If you do not have an orientation whether it is a lot or a little then you should know that the average person with a normal lifestyle on a daily basis goes between 1000-3000 steps.
How to get the recommended daily dose?
It may seem like a lot, but it is basically a change of some bad habits that we create ourselves during the constant chase for more comfort. Go to or from your workplace by foot, use stairs instead of an elevator, take a tour of your neighborhood, walk to a nearby market. Do something that will further motivate you. Buy a pedometer or use an application. Try to take one step more every day. Finally, let us list just a few of the positive aspects of good old-fashioned walking.
Walking will strengthen your heart, speed up your circulation, lower your bad cholesterol and lower your blood pressure. Furthermore, walking will help you lose weight and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes by as much as 60%. It tones the muscles of the legs and buttocks and makes them more durable. Strengthens the bones and prevents osteoporosis. Improves overall posture and regular outdoor movement will raise the level of vitamin D in your body. Fights depression, dementia, insomnia and improves mood by giving you extra energy. Is it enough?
Let’s go for a walk!