Walking for Health
What if I could share with you something that can help reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, by up to 50%. It can lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.
The NHS guidelines are just 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. That is just fifteen “10 minute” blocks of exercise per week. It’s essential if you want to live a healthy and fulfilling life into old age and research has found that people who do regular physical activity have:
I am an avid believer that you don’t have to spend hours in the gym and that you should be able to exercise anywhere and anytime. I can show you exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home and also show you that walking has great health benefits, you get fresh air, sunshine and can be done alone or socially.
Improve your health and spirit by walking. Walking has so many health benefits including getting out into the fresh air, enjoying the scenery and the wildlife, meeting new people and losing weight. As a qualified and fully insured Health Walk Leader and Mindfulness practitioner I can help you to gain clarity in your personal or business life whilst enjoying the fresh air.
Have you ever noticed that when you have gone for a walk, then answer to a dilemma or question has come to you. This is the power of walking. Couple this with me helping you to be more mindful, asking the right questions to get you the answers you need in life. So whether you just want to walk to de-stress, get answers or just to get fit then please get in touch.
Walking and Health
Most people know that keeping physically active is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. But it can be difficult to set aside the time to exercises in a busy day.
The good news is that experts now agree that exercise does not have to be vigorous to benefit your health and you don’t have to do this in the gym. You can get all the exercise you need to stay healthy through regular walking.
Consider the benefits of walking over other forms of exercise:
- Walking uses energy
A person of average body weight uses 100 kilo calories to walk a mile. That’s the same amount of energy needed to run the same distance. Which would you rather do?
- Walking is convenient
Opportunities for walking are all around us: on the way to work; in the park; on the street at lunch time; in the country side; or round the shops. You don’t need to set aside time for special exercise – just buy a pedometer and keep an eye on your pedometer reading and aim to do a little bit more every day.
- Walking is free
The only cost is a pair of shoes no gym memberships or expensive gear.
- Walking keeps you active throughout the day.
Ideally try to aim for 10,000 steps /day. 10,0000 steps is about 5 miles walked – uses around 500 kilo calories and is usually achievable with a more active lifestyle, and a 30 minute walk each day Has been associated with significant health benefits and reduced body weight.
- How many steps do people take?
This obviously varies according to the type of activities people do at work and in leisure time. The following are typical step scores for a day spent working, with no additional leisure-time walking or running.
A lazy day at home, or working from home – 2,000-3,000
Sedentary occupation, such as phone operator – 4,000-5,000
Standing at work (but not walking) e.g. Hair dresser 5,500-6,500
Walking as part of work, such as a nurse 8,000+
These are just a guide line; the best thing to do is wear your pedometer for a week and work out your own personal base line and aiming for at least 10,000 steps /day
If you want to go for a walk and have no one to go with you or you want to know more about mindful walking then please contact me on 07857 223135 or via Jackie@dragonroseholistic.co.uk