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Walking – A Good Exercise For All

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on Wednesday, 20 March 2013
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If you are one of those who thinks that walking is not an exercise you are mistaken. It has been proved that walking is a healthy exercise and helps to lose weight too. Many people think that only high impact exercises can help one shed off calories. Luckily, this is not true. Walking is a great exercise that boosts overall cardiovascular fitness, decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease, reduces cholesterol levels, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate lower back pain, and reduces the risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. Walking also helps to de-stress and remove depression.

 

 

Besides all the above, regular walking habit also stimulates creativity and induces problem-solving skills.When you walk, you get an opportunity to walk outdoors, breathe fresh air, and enjoy the changing seasons. It’s easy, cheap, and safe. 

 

Important walking tips:

 

1. If you don’t have enough time, you can break your walking into smaller chunks… you can walk for 30 minutes twice a day instead of an hour at a stretch.

2. It is advisable to wear reflective clothing at night. Also, if there is no sidewalk, always walk facing the traffic.

3. Try to include hills into your walking route – this will raise your metabolism level.

4. Alternate between walking and speed walking. This gives you more from your workout. 

5. If you are walking alone, listen to music or an audio book. But be careful to limit the volume so that you can hear what is going on around you.

6. Try to walk with a partner. This will keep you motivated.

7. Take alternate routes to avoid getting bored.

8. Swing your arms more to burn more energy. 

9. Prior to walking, indulge in push-ips, sit ups, weight training, etc. to build muscles and strength.

10. Keep track of your time, distance covered and calories burned for motivation.

 

How to walk:

Start out slow, at your own pace. Push off from your back foot. Walk heel to toe. Keep your arms close to your body and bent at almost 90 degrees angle. Keep your head high, shoulders relaxed, chest out and eyes straight ahead. Concentrate on breathing evenly and swinging your arms naturally.

 

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Motivating Kids to Exercise

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on Monday, 11 March 2013
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More than any other time in our history, the present age is full of hi-tech activities that involve less muscular movements. Sitting in-front of the TV, working on computers, playing video and electronic games, etc. have become a part and parcel of everyone’s life, be it youngsters, adults, oldies, or kids. With so many attractive, muscle-relaxing chores to perform, the reason and the willingness to exercise is slowing down. In this age and time, children in the age-groups of 6 to 17 have been found to be the most inactive and score extremely low in strength and flexibility endurance.

 

 

The ‘fast-paced’, ‘fast-food age’ world has brought us many comforts, but in turn has deteriorated our health and peace of mind. Anybody who wants to match his/her pace with the world must keep fit and healthy. The best age to start is from early childhood. Children should be taught to exercise and motivated to take part in daily physical activities. They should be made to learn that fitness is fun. Under five should be encouraged to do light activities like walking, outdoor activities, swimming, Zumba, Spinning, Jump Rope etc. Children between the age 5 and 10 can do light aerobic exercises to strengthen their muscles and bones. From 10 to 18 years, they can indulge in vigorous intensity activities also that makes them work hard enough to raise their heart rate and break a sweat.

 

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Needless to say, children learn best from adults. So, practice before you preach your children. If your children will see you exercising, they are more likely to do the same and make it a habit. Encourage your children to take part in activities they enjoy. Many children love running around a park and playing in a playground. If your child enjoys team sports such as football, basketball, volley, etc., get them enrolled in team sports and ensure a healthy future for your children. If your child does not like team activities, you can try out dance, martial arts, etc.

 

Exercise together with your family and increase the overall fitness of your family. Enjoy outdoor activities during your vacations also and live a healthy, happier life. 

 
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