Have you ever wondered why people say that Walking Is Important? Well if you are already a walker I am sure that you the health benefits that a daily walk can bring you. But if your knew at it or about to start a walking program, here is a couple of reasons you might not of thought as to why Walking Is Important There are so many reasons why walking is important beyond the very obvious: it’s fun and great exercise. While the majority of the people that spend time walking do it for fitness, there are several reasons why we should all walk as much as possible.
A Healthier Environment
A large portion of the air pollution in the world comes from motor vehicles. According to the EPA, 55 percent of nitrogen oxide emissions and 80 percent of carbon monoxide in the United States is caused by transportation. Even though cars are being made better and cleaner every year, they’re still contributing to the deterioration of our overall air quality. In addition, millions of barrels of oil, which is a non-renewable source of energy, are burnt every day by cars and trucks. We all pay a price for that in the air we breath.
Less Roadway Congestion
We seldom stop to realize how short some of the trips we make in our cars really are. Approximately 40 percent of all trips made in the U.S. are under two miles, which is equal to a 30-minute walk. Many of the highways and streets are carrying more traffic than they were meant to handle, causing wasted energy, time, driver aggravation, pollution and an overall congested roadway. Two pedestrians walking take up a lot less space than two people driving a car or truck. These small trips are part of the little tricks to walking that help some of us reach our 10,000 step goal. For more about the 10,000 step goal see my article at http://www.healthyfoodanddiet.com/walking-10000-steps.
Healthier Life for All
Walking is so good for our health. The benefits it can provide are extraordinary. Physical activity has always been recommended for good health, even if you can only manage 30 minutes a day, and walking is exceptionally good for many health benefits including:
Reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other chronic diseases
Provides you a stronger heart
More positive mental outlook
Lower health care costs
Overall improved quality of life
From our house in Wisconsin, it is a one mile walk (15 minutes for a casual walk) to lake Michigan. There is a nice little park there that has benches looking out at the lake. I like to
take an early morning walk to the park, set on the bench for about 10 minutes and then walk back home. There are 5280 feet in a mile so depending on your stride, you will have the better part of 10,000 steps complete in such a walk.I started this when I read a doctors report about how great for the heart a simple 30 minute walk each day can be for your heart. The doctors said the walk could be one 30 minute walk or two 15 minute walks, I chose the later.
Walking is free! It doesn’t get much more economical than that. With the rising costs of fuel as well as wear and tear and regular maintenance on your vehicle, owning and operating a car is very expensive. In fact, transportation takes up a lot of your income each year. The more walking you can do, the more money you’ll save that can be spent on other things. There are some situations where you can’t walk but why not take advantage of the times when you can and get out there and walk! It just makes good sense!
Weight wont wait to return
My wife and I spend our winters in sunny Mexico. There we walk everyday. We only takethe car if we are going more that a few miles. Anywhere within two or three miles and we walk unless we need to carry something that requires a car. When we returned north this past spring it was still very cold outside so I just relaxed the walking and stayed indoors. Before I could say N000000 I had gained back 10 pounds of weight I had lost while walking daily. I’m back into the habit of daily walks and my goal is 10,000 steps a day level. I’ll keep you posted as to my progress.
If you are just starting, please check with your medical professional first. Don’t set big goals for yourself at first. As little as walking one block and turning around and walking back will be helpful to a person that has not exercised for a while. Set your first goal to walk a block each day for two weeks, then reset your goal to walk 2 blocks each day for two weeks. Now you have been walking 28 days in a row. How long can you keep the daily record going. Challenge yourself and it adds extra joy to the walk every day because everyday becomes a new milestone. Soon you will be up to the 10,000 steps per day that is recommended by medical professionals as being best for overall health.
Enjoy the summer by walking each day….