Walking is an ideal form of exercise for many reasons. You don't need special equipment to do it, it can be done by almost anyone, and you can do it almost anywhere! As an added bonus, there are numerous health benefits from starting a regular walking program:
|Good for your heart: Walking regularly can result in a reduction of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which contribute to heart disease.|
|Improves balance: This can help lower your risk of falls. This risk increases as we get older.|
|Strengthens bones and joints: Walking is easier on your joints than running or aerobics (which are high impact activities). It also reduces your risk for osteoporosis.|
|Weight control, more energy, better sleep: All benefits of a regular physical activity program.|
If you are new to exercise, there are some important health tips which will get you started on the right foot:
- Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. He or she may require a physical exam or special instructions based on your medical history.