Are you active? Are you inactive? You may ask yourself these two questions. According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), obesity, which is often the result of a non-active lifestyle, may account for 18 percent of adult deaths in the Unites States. Poor choices in nutrition, lack of work, and various other daily decisions in a person’s life may lead them down the wrong path. It is always recommended that walking can be the first simple step to make your life more active.
There are many benefits to walking. Walking is one the easiest forms of exercise; as it is accessible to every one and can be done on the job, indoors, outdoors and any place you can think of. While it reduces symptoms of depression and anxiety, it may lower your blood pressure and improve your mood. Walking over a period of time can reduce blood pressure by five points. While walking outdoors, you will breathe fresh air and boost endorphins. Individuals who walk daily will build bone mass, which reduces the risk of osteoporosis, and helps to maintain leaner muscle tissue. Walking regimens build aerobic fitness and can be done at any pace of an individual’s level. Brisk walking tends to burn more fat than jogging. In fact, it’s a low impact exercise and is gentler to the joints in your body.
The answer is yes, walking really can help save your life with any condition you may have. Let’s make a great decision and start an active lifestyle to include walking in your daily routine. If you encounter any pain or discomfort during your walking regimen, you should contact your healthcare provider or a licensed physical therapist.