Easy to Get Started
If you are a “baby-boomer”, or in the over-60’s club, this short blog is written especially for you.
Here are 5 guaranteed benefits that walking brings me.
After you finish reading my post you will want to jump into your walking shoes and begin a disciplined walking program.
Less than 50% of Americans exercise at a level that meets the minimum standards for good health.
Walking is the easiest and the most affordable way to solve this problem. Of course, walking is easy, unless you are injured or are unable to do so beforehand.
My first suggestion is that you find a walking partner or join a club if you are not sufficiently disciplined to do so by yourself.
This increases your level of safety and is also a great way to not talk yourself out of your daily walk. There are also many walking clubs in almost all cities, towns, and villages that can help you get started if lack that “just-small-push” to get you off the couch!
1 Walking is Free, … no charge!
Unless you are walking inside a recreation center because of inclement weather, or in a shopping mall, with your credit card at hand, walking does not cost a penny, that is, as long as the “government” doesn’t “get into” the walking business.
At the moment, you do not have to be registered, … by the government to walk! This is only because “The Committee” has not been formed yet to look into how the “government” could teach you how to walk and when to walk, and many other “things” about walking, that only a government committee and additional sub-committees could arrive at.
This process could only be accelerated in an election year or when their pensions are under review.
By now, I hope I have impressed on you the need to get out there and start walking before the government creates a “Department of Walking”.
2 Walking is an Excellent Cardio Vascular Exercise
That’s right! Walking is the easiest way to keep yourself in shape. Walking is good for your heart, your lungs, and your overall good health.
The cardiovascular benefits of walking are numerous.
Walking improves cardiac risk factors like cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness, and inflammation, not to forget mental stress.
If protecting your heart and a lower death rate are not enough to get you walking yet, think about how a regular walking program can also help protect you against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, colon cancer, and even erectile dysfunction.
3 Walking requires very little Specialized Equipment
Another huge benefit of walking is that it requires no special equipment except the clothes you are wearing.
Once I have you walking on a regular basis, I will offer you my secret tips on how to improve your walking experience with better footwear and clothing to match your level of activity and the environment you exercise in.
4 You can Walk just about Anywhere
You can walk around the block, around the lake, or around the park.
Another easy way to get started in the program is to join a walking club. If there is none where you live, start one.
Tell your grandchildren that your regular walking partner is preoccupied and you don’t like to walk alone. This will work most of the time, and I have used it before.
This is a time-proven method of building a solid relationship with them. They love to talk about everything.
Soon you’ll be back home and wondering where the time went.
Walking is one of our first major accomplishments. Next to our first words, walking on our own, without holding on to the furniture or being held up by others, brings joy to everyone.
It cheered and celebrated by all who are present.
Your first steps clearly prove that you have arrived. You are now a more independent creature and will soon become that out of control “child of beauty”.
Do you remember your children’s first steps?
Are you walking regularly now and if so what secret tips can you provide me and my readers with?