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walking: advantages
"""Why do I need to walk?

Walking is still the finest therapy, according to Hippocrates, who is said to have said it two thousand years ago. This is especially true in industrialized societies where new technologies have dramatically impacted not only the way we work but also the way we live by lowering the physical effort required for the majority of our everyday activities (with the exception of sports).

What are the health advantages of exercise?

The benefits of physical activity for healthy growth and development are emphasized by Health Canada. It provides us with energy, reduces stress, strengthens us, and increases our independence as we age. It aids in preventing some chronic illnesses as well: cancer obesity hypertension heart condition diabetes type 2 The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) encourages engaging in a range of physical activities of different kinds and intensities throughout the day, such as: Activities that range from moderate to strenuous but must total at least 150 minutes (2.5 hours) per week. At least twice a week, engage in muscle-strengthening exercises involving the major muscle groups. Light exercise for many hours, including standing The CSEP also notes that increasing our level of moderate to vigorous physical exercise while getting enough sleep and engaging in these activities can have a positive impact on our health. Adults who follow the recommendations can benefit from enhanced bone health, a decreased risk of death, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, and numerous malignancies. Participating in activities that promote optimal levels of movement is associated with lowered levels of anxiety, depression, dementia, cognition, and quality of life specifically in terms of psychosocial health.

Are there any further advantages to walking?

Enhanced fitness If you walk frequently, you must do it everyday or at least several times per week for at least 30 minutes. Similar to other whole-body, moderate-intensity physical exercises, walking frequently can significantly enhance your cardiorespiratory fitness and function. Additionally, once you start walking frequently, you are less likely to trip over and break a bone in your hand or leg. Because your muscles are more flexible and your joints have a wider range of motion, you are less likely to suffer any injuries. enhanced capacity to control weight Your body weight is a reflection of how many calories you consume through food and how many calories you burn off through your typical daily physical activities. Approximately 125 calories are burned by walking for 30 minutes at a brisk pace for a distance of 2.0 to 2.5 kilometres (520 kiloJoules). This might not seem like much, but if you walked for a whole year, five days a week, you would have burned more than 32,000 calories, or more than 5 kg, of fat. elevated mental state Walking lowers anxiety and depression, especially when done in a pleasant environment and with excellent company. Additionally, walkers typically get better rest. Getting well from an illness People who are afflicted with a range of medical ailments are frequently advised to take gentle walks. You might initially only be able to move slowly over a short distance, but with practice, you will soon be able to go faster and farther.

How do I begin to move?

Try to walk normally while bearing the following advice in mind: To maximize the benefits of walking, good posture is essential: Maintain a straight spine and head. Verify that you are not slouching either forward or backward. Watch both the straight ahead and the ground for any potential obstructions. Maintain a loose, relaxed posture with the shoulders and arms, allowing them to swing naturally rather than forcing them. Breathe firmly and frequently, but not too shallowly or deeply: Never force yourself to breathe deeply and never hold your breath. Tempo is also known as pace or speed. It is better to walk every day since it allows the positive effects to build up over time. The cumulative effects of walking are lessened by taking longer pauses between sessions; if you take breaks longer than five days, the cumulative effect is insignificant. The healthiest way to burn fat is through low impact, dynamic activities (i.e., those requiring mobility, like walking). However, the fat-burning impact begins to work about 30 to 40 minutes into the walking session. The pace at which you walk will vary greatly depending on your fitness level, the terrain, the weather, and your goals. Brisk pace, which translates to approximately 90–110 steps per minute or 4-5 km/hour, is the pace that is most frequently suggested. If breathing becomes difficult, slow down; it is preferable to walk a bit too slowly than too quickly. Stop walking if you feel any discomfort or pain. Examine your shoes. Speak to your doctor or a fitness professional.

Do I require special walking shoes?

The most crucial item of walking gear is a pair of shoes, but they don't necessarily have to be designated as ""walking"" shoes. Any pair of shoes that you can wear for a long time while walking will do. However, if you do not already own a pair like this and are considering purchasing some, we give the following advice: Purchase hiking boots only if you intend to hike on rocky terrain. They might not be flexible enough and be excessively heavy. Buy regular shoes rather than running shoes. The so-called ""forward balance"" of those shoes significantly emphasizes a forward-bent body position. A stance like this is beneficial for running but not for walking because it alters how your legs and lower spine are stressed and could be uncomfortable. The shoes made exclusively for walking are the ones that are best for walkers. Cross-training shoes are the next best option if walking shoes are not available.

What factors do I consider when choosing shoes?

Since your feet enlarge by the end of the day, always have your feet measured for shoes in the evening. Choosing a good pair with the following qualities is crucial: Is there enough room for your toes to move around? Is the heel area well-supported and fitted snugly? Does it have a flexible cushioned insole to absorb shock? (Keep in mind that many walking-shoe buyers ask for too much cushioning in the hope that the extra cushioning will help decrease the discomfort of fallen or very high arches.) If your arches are somewhat flat, try molded arch supports that are available at most drugstores. When shopping for athletic shoes, ask a sales person for styles with """"control"""" features – soles that designed to stop the roll-in motion. If arch supports or sports shoes don't help, see a foot specialist about custom-molded orthotic shoe inserts. If you have high arches, ask for """"stability"""" athletic shoes, which are built with extra cushioning to help remedy this problem. If you are prone to ankle sprains, wear high-top athletic shoes that cover the foot and ankle snugly to minimize damage from twists. If the shoes don't feel good in the store, don't buy them. Walking shoes do not need to be """"broken in"""" to be comfortable. Look for shoes made of breathable material, preferably with some degree of water-resistance. When selecting footwear, remember that tight socks or stockings can cramp the toes as much as poor fitting shoes. Wrinkled socks, or socks that are too large or too small, can cause blisters. White performance socks made from fibre that does not retain moisture may be recommended. (Coloured socks can cause skin allergies in some people.)

How should I care for my shoes?

Use your shoes only for walking. Wearing them to play sports can break them down. Don't take your shoes off without untying the laces or you could damage the heel support. Avoid walking in wet shoes. Wet mid-soles (the part between the bottom/outside sole and insole) do not absorb shock. As a rule, mid-soles wear out faster than out-soles. Using the wear of the bottom of your shoes, the easiest to notice, is not a good indicator of shoe longevity.

Do I need to wear any specific clothing for walking?

Practically speaking, wear anything that is loose, comfortable and sufficiently warm. Clothing becomes more important when you face inclement weather. Cold, winter weather Wear layers of clothing. The inner layer should provide insulation and be able to “wick” moisture away from the skin to help keep it dry. Thermal underwear or shirts made from polyesters or polypropylene is suitable for this purpose. Polypropylene wicks perspiration away from the skin. It also keeps the second layer away from the skin. Cotton is not recommended. It tends to get damp or wet quickly, and loses its insulating properties. Wool and synthetic fibres, on the other hand, do retain heat when wet. A hat, earmuffs, and mittens or gloves contribute to thermal comfort. Consider using walking or trekking poles when you expect slippery conditions, e.g., on ice, snow or rain-slicked streets. If the weather is really bad consider walking indoors, in the shopping mall for example. A treadmill is another alternative. Drink a lot of fluids – water is the best choice. Hot summer weather Wear lightweight clothing that covers enough skin to minimize UV exposure. Wear a hat to block the sun's direct rays. Wear sunglasses, again to reduce both glare and UV damage to your eyes. Consider shifting your daily walks to early mornings, late afternoons, or evenings. Drink a lot of fluids – water is the best choice.

Should I do any specific warm-up exercises before walking?

It is not clear whether stretching exercises that have traditionally been recommended before any vigorous activity are beneficial or not. However, to be on the safe side, we suggest that you start your walking session at a slow tempo for five minutes, then move up to a moderate tempo and from there gradually speed up to your regular cruising speed. This 5-minute start will help loosen your muscles and minimize the possibility of pulling or tearing them. At the end of the session, to avoid any possible dizziness from abruptly stopping your physical exertion, slow down your tempo for about 3 to 5 min."""
 

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