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The Many Benefits of Walking

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In another article I wrote about my experiences in choosing the right kind of exercise to follow. A few years ago I was warned by my youngest son's pediatrician about his triglycerides and cholesterol levels. I realized being a diabetic was not just my battle anymore. It is going to be a part of my family for years to come. I remember discussing various options of exercise and food options with 13-year-old that day. I also realized that besides Kaplan classes that summer, he hadn't been out of the house much for any physical activities as both my husband and I worked.

Of all the options he chose to walk, which surprised me. I was happy with his decision to walk with me to start off since it gave us time to spend together while encouraging each other to stay fit. Up until he went off to college we shared many things while walking in the park or sidewalks. It gave me an opportunity to get to know my son on a personal level.

People who tend to become bored with certain kinds of exercise after awhile can actually enjoy walking. Ever since we are born until the end of our lifetime we walk thousands of miles. When we walk for daily activities we don't realize that we are burning calories constantly. With the modern day luxuries like cars, elevators, trains, planes, escalators, televisions, and video games we are adapting to such a lazy life style that most of us do not understand the implications of it on us or our children.

There are different kinds of walking for people who want to take it up for any reason. They include bush walking, race walking, weight walking, hill walking, Nordic walking, hiking (also called rambling or tramping), treadmill, etc. Power walking and race walking are among the most popular kinds of walking. Power walking is for people who do not have time to work out but want to keep up with physical activity. Race walking is often for Olympic competitors. And using a treadmill is a popular activity for people who tend to stay indoors for any reason.(www.medicinenet.com) A child starts walking by the age of eleven months to one year. An average person's walking speed is about 5 km/hr. or 3 miles/hr.

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Brisk walking can also promote weight loss and shed excess body fat, particularly in old age as your metabolism begins to slow and gaining weight gets easier.
Brisk walking benefits

March 22, 2011 - 1:14am
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It is always gratifying to read about somone's discovery that getting off the couch, out of the car and out of the house is the easiest most enjoyable way to get healthier and leaner -- perhaps even more so when a youngster has that revelation. This post inspired one of my own (http://bit.ly/fEOMvP), noting that if walking is good, adding poles is even better. Claire @ http://www.nordic-walking-usa.com.

February 25, 2011 - 7:31am
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