Health Fitness

Since the aging population is growing in North America, it is important to pay attention to health fitness. Of course, this exercise routine needs to be both safe and effective. This is where low impact exercises are better than those that are high impact. It can be as easy as going for a walk each day throughout the year. Regardless as to how sedentary you may have become, you can still go for a walk quite easily. There are numerous benefits, and minimal adverse effects, to including walking in your health fitness program. However, in order to reap these benefits you will need to walk faster than normal.

Some of these benefits include:

1. Walking can both strengthen and make more flexible those muscles that are located in your legs, pelvis and lower back.

2. As part of your health fitness regime, walking can help prevent heart attacks and treat hypertension and musculoskeletal disorders. So, it is no wonder that walking is included in rehabilitation routines after heart attacks.

3. Walking is a great health fitness program for the elderly who want to prevent osteoporosis. This is because gravity and lateral forces that result from muscular contraction, make weight bearing activities the best choice for these folks.

4. Studies have shown that walking can prevent cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease. In fact, your chance of getting cardiovascular disease is greatly reduced if you follow a regularly walking regime. You should engage in a brisk walk for between 35 to 40 minutes each day.

5. Walking can also help you to lose weight as it burns calories. In fact, you can lose half the amount of weight that you would lose if you were engaging in jogging as a form of exercise. This is true, regardless as to how fast or slow you walk or how far.

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