Brisk walking is for all ages. It is the best form of aerobic exercise. Simple and produces effective results for the young adults, the middle-aged, the sedentary and the lonely elderly.
A brisk walk is an excellent form of fitness exercise which gives you a complete workout. It is a great way to get the kind of exercise needed. It is a less intense form of cardio exercises because it is low impact and less likely to cause injuries.
It is a well-known fact that rapid walking is one of the easiest exercises to begin a fitness program with. Energetic and fast walking is simple, safe and does not require any special equipment. If you are new to running, brisk walking is a good way to start.
Fast, rapid and energetic walking is an aerobic activity, giving you the best workout to lose weight because it involves all your body parts; and is great for burning body fats and more calories.
Medical experts keep reminding us that exercises, like fast and rapid walking, is so important for the prevention of various types of diseases – heart diseases, diabetes, high cholesterol, cancers, high blood pressure and some critical illnesses. Therefore it is wise to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle through brisk walking.
Studies show that energetic walking is very effective in reducing blood pressure and lowering blood cholesterol. Fast pace walking is a remarkable way to increase your heart rate. Starting out for 30 minutes a day is one of the most healthy habits you can adopt for better health and for a drop in dress size.
Rapid walking is also great for mental health and is highly recommended for people suffering depression and mental stress.
Tips to stay fit
1. Consult a doctor to examine whether your health allows you for brisk walking.
2. Invest in proper walking shoes is most important. Inappropriate shoes can cause injuries to your feet, knees, hips, joints and back
3. Clothing should be comfortable – breathable and sweat-absorbing.
4. Warm-up session. Do light body movements and stretches for 5 minutes to limber up the muscles. Warm up up exercises will help prevent possible injuries.
5. Start slowly for a few minutes and then increase your pace for another few minutes. Continual slow and fast pace will not tire you out.
6. Rotate your hips forward and backward, twisting your waist as you walk. Keep your torso upright.
7. Elbows at 90 degrees. Keep your arms close to your body, swing them forward and back while brisk walking.
Your walking exercise is a start. For the advanced brisk walkers, including some kind of weight training would maximize the effectiveness of building stronger bones and tone up muscles.
If brisk walking is not possible for some reasons then slow walking is also as effective. Any form of walking exercise is better than nothing.
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