Walk For Your Health
Exercise, such as walking, does not have to be performed continuously to achieve health benefits. Researchers have discovered that 30 minutes a day, broken into three 10-minute blocks, is just as effective. This means that sedentary, elderly, or overweight people can still make substantial health gains without taxing themselves.
Walking has several health benefits, including:
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Strengthened bones
- Increased muscle strength and endurance
- Reduced body fat
Walking fast burns more calories per hour than walking slowly, but this doesn’t mean you have to push yourself until you are breathless. Instead, pace yourself so that you can still carry on a conversation. This simple rule of thumb enables you to safely exercise within the range of your target heart rate.
Always consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise program and ask for advice specific to your needs.
Source: Better Health Channel, a part of the Department of Human Services, Victoria, Australia.