Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that fits people of any age. Unlike some vigorous forms of work-outs, walking is a form of exercise that is much flexible in nature. It doesn’t require any special equipment or training, it can be done at one’s own pace, it can be done indoors or outdoor, and could be performed at any hour of the day. It reduces cardio-vascular risks, Type II diabetes, obesity, some forms of cancer and osteoporosis which is a gradual decrease in muscular strength that results due to aging.
Regular walking tones the whole body and keeps fit. It increases blood circulation thereby reducing hypertension. Walking at early hours provides the added advantage of inhaling fresh oxygen from atmosphere that leaves our body and mind fresh for the rest of the day. It prevents the bad cholesterol accumulating in the body. Brisk walking can be stabilized and progressed to slow jogging.
Running is a rigorous version of walking and jogging practices. It burns average of 100 calories per mile. It is the most effective way to lose body fat and fosters the increase of lean tissue. Good runners gain strong bones. Running boosts confidence and acts as a great medicine to stress and depression. It improves the over all performance of the physical system and provide good appetite, sleep and relaxation. However, it is ideal to consult a doctor before initiating any new form of exercise. Preparing for walking or jogging includes careful selection of shoes and clothes. Loose-fitting comfortable clothes are recommended.