Importance of Walking
By Dr Aparna Dwivedi | Department of Physiotherapy
It is said physical activity can be simple, and something as simple as brisk walking has proven effects. 30 minutes of walk every day is said to increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess of fat and boost muscle power and endurance. It also reduces the risk of developing conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes, osteoporosis, etc. Good posture and purposeful movements enhance our fitness levels.
It can help us burn excess of calories, which will aid weight loss and maintain overall health. Walking can also help to reduce anxiety, depression and can elevate mood. It also boosts our self-esteem and immune function. It increases the oxygen flow throughout the body which aids in the release of hormones that helps to elevate our energy level.
A short walk after meals for approximately 15 minutes, three times a day (after breakfast, lunch, and dinner) curbs risky blood sugar spikes, especially for those who suffer from diabetes.
Walking also strengthens the muscles in the legs. Around four to five miles of walk in a week can help to reduce the risk of arthritis. To build up more strength, walking in a hilly area or on a treadmill with an incline elevation is proven effective.
Setting realistic goals to ensure consistency is very important. If we make walking enjoyable, we are inching closer to better health. Walking amidst nature, where one can notice birds, open sky, trees, different colours and the fragrances have shown to improve mood and feelings dramatically. It can help bring about the feeling of inner peace and calmness which uplift one’s spiritual well-being.