Grab the latest walking shoes
There was a time when walking was merely a form of transportation. We walked to the store, across the farm and to school and work. Today, with the explosion of cars, public transportation and suburbs, the opportunities to simply walk as a means of transportation have diminished. Living in the city center is one of the few places today where walking to work, school and shops is realistic.
The explosion in dog ownership has increased the number of people who walk for pleasure and for exercise. This has been a very healthy trend. Walking is one of the few activities that require no special equipment other than a pair of quality walking shoes and a desire to move. Young and old can enjoy a leisurely walk or join a power walking group for intense walks. Whether you’re in the neighborhood, on a treadmill or on a trail in the woods, being outside and moving your body will contribute to a healthy body and more satisfying lifestyle.
Grab a friend, family member or even a pet to keep you motivated. Unlike most sports, walking does not have to be competitive, simply enjoyable. To ramp up your walking regime, incorporate the three fundamentals into your walks. Try to walk with increasing frequency, increasing duration and increasing speed. The more focus on these three components, the greater the health benefits of walking. Not only will your body begin to feel strong and more flexible, but walking has enormous mental benefits. Chemicals are released to the brain when we engage in vigorous activity. Exercising the brain is just as important as exercising the body to improve quality of life.
Slip on your walking shoes and enjoy a half hour of exercise each day and you’ll begin to see your surroundings in a new light. This forces you to take in sights that you may well have missed in the past. In no time, your walking regime will become highlight of your day. Your body and mind, and perhaps dog, will thank you for years to come. Enjoy!