Last year the BBC did a programme here that effectively dismissed the idea of walking 10,000 steps on the basis that you can get fitter by walking brisker 3 times 10 minutes instead. This is a good way to improve your fitness, but I was disappointed that they totally dismissed walking 10,000 steps out of hand. I thought I’d take this opportunity to sing the praises of walking.
On the basis of the above recommendation of 3 x 10 minutes a day. What are you doing the rest of the day? Sitting in front of a computer? We are designed to be hunters and gatherers so we should be moving as much as we can, hence keeping track of steps is a good approach. You can throw the above recommended 10 minutes of brisk walking into these 10,000 steps so you are moving and getting the fitness benefits at the same time.
Going out for a walk without technology, and especially in nature, can help you switch off for a while. The mindfulness effect helps to reduce stress levels and this can only be a good thing.
Many people feel more energetic after a walk. During your lunch break, why not get out for a walk so you are ready for your work in the afternoon.
Getting outdoors during the day boosts your vitamin D levels. Lack of vitamin D will have a negative effect on your bone health.
In conclusion, walking is a great way to help you look after your health. To keep fit you need to top it up with something more intense which does include brisk walking, but can include running, gym session, swimming, etc, etc.
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Author: Lorna Wilson
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