With the introduction of technology and computers, it seems that our society is becoming more and more sedentary. the hours we all spend in cars, and sitting at work, have increased more in the last 2 decades that in the 10 decades before them. The internet has provided access to almost everything, making taking a walk to buy something as a waste of time. With the simple click of a few buttons, you can have anything you need without having to leave your house or even your chair.
Unfortunately, all this sitting is not good for you. Sitting for long periods of time change your natural muscle balance, decrease your energy, and stiffens your joints. It's not wonder so many of us have chronic pain.
Walking supports health in every sense physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It enriches and balances your life. It makes you feel good, which promotes positive thoughts and create a sense of self-confidence and over-all well-being.
Walking have been shown to lower blood pressure when is done for 40 minutes at least 3 times a week, enhance your body's use of insulin, also helps reduce muscle tension and stiff joints caused by being so still for prolonged period of time. Research suggests that walking can prevent or relieve arthritis symptoms. With every step, walking literally cleanses and feeds your foot, knee and hip joints.
Walking boost your circulation, this mean that the body's ability to deliver blood and oxygen to your muscle improve, this bring more nutrients to the muscles and squeeze out waste products which make them relax.
This activity also helps with your balance. Sensory perception, foot eye coordination and muscle control are just some of the many things going on between our brain and our limbs. However these functions can diminish over time with age and underuse, that's why walking is a perfect way to keep in practice and stay in shape at the same time.
By walking not only are you getting the exercise you need, you are also getting some time clear your mind and to step away from the responsibilities of home, work and/or school. Sometimes, just going out for a walk to empty the mind is all you need to feel replenished and revived. Whatever your reasons may be, taking a walk serves as a good excuse to scape from your everyday routine. So what are you waiting for? Grab your shoes and go out for a walk and enjoy the weather and nature and remember that the goal is to get fit and healthy.