Before modern living, man lived a very simple and primitive life.
They walked to most of the places they hunted, gathered water or lived in.
It was our feet that took us from point A to Point B.
Even now in our modern world some citizens still walk everywhere.
They can't afford the luxury of a vehicle so they use their feet. They are also some of the fittest and healthiest people too.
From the time we are a baby it is a natural for us to want to walk. Our bodies are really amazing if you think about the different ways we can exercise. One hundred years ago people did more manual labor and so they were always exercising more. Walking is met with little or no resistance from our bodies so this is one of the easist and more beneficial forms of exercise. Walking as an exercise routine takes some dedication from you too.
Walking once a week is not enough. You need a minium of 3 days a week. If you are trying to loose weight then you might want to be walking 5 to 6 days a week. If you lived in a country where walking was the mode of transportation do you think that you would be overweight, if you were walking about 4 to 6 miles a day? In fact the opposite would be true. You would be lean and strong. Just look at this list of muscles your body is using when you are walking
Thigh and Buttocks Muscles
Back and Core Muscles
Arm and Shoulder Muscles
This list pretty much takes up most of your body.
When all the muscles are working in unison they make the workload easier each time you exercise.
Now I understand that not everyone wants to push weights, yoga, swimming or jogging.
That's what makes us all unique. As you get older your bones and joints hurt more, so walking is a milder way for people to exercise.
The best thing about walking is that you can enjoy the great outdoors and still get that much needed and valuable time to help your body become strong.
I am very fortunate where I live.
I am at 8000 feet and I walk about 4 miles 4 to 5 times a week.
This type of walking involves dirt tracks with hills going up and slopes going down. We don't need a stairmaster or treadmill because we have already been gifted the most amazing place in a natural setting. I am used to the altitude because I live in the mountains but for most people you would need to work up to these kinds of hikes like the ones my family do. Altitude sickness is real and walking at 8000 feet when you are not used to it can cause you some health problems. I am not going to tell you it is easy walking at high altitudes
(Altitude is defined on the following scale High; 8,000-12,000 feet ) because that isn't true.
There are days when I feel like my lungs will burst out of my chest, with some of these hills I walk in.
However the health benefits after the walks are amazing. I feel stronger, more energetic and I sleep better.
I have zero depression or anything related to emotional illness because I choose to heal myself by walking. That was not always the case once.
I prefer to walk in the morning because it allows me to work out the rest of the day in a schedule.
You might want to start around a few blocks near your home. I would recommend 30 minutes to begin with.
Then work your way up to an hour if that is what you wish to achieve.
Longer life is one of those extra benefits of regular exercise. Healthier heart, bones and muscles.
No, I am not going to lecture you because you already know what I am saying here.
The spring has come around again. It is time to get out and walk.
Walking doesn't have to cost you money on a gym membership. The local park or mall works just as well. Enjoy your surroundings; try and make this fun... not a have to do chore!