Walk your way to fitness and health

There is nothing more invigorating than a 30 minute brisk walk, early in the morning.

Walking has many advantages, i.e.:

  • it is a low risk exercise, which does not overburden the knee and hip joints
  • it has high aerobic value, increasing the metabolism and strengthening the heart and lungs
  • it helps to lower stress and high blood pressure
    it does not require a huge outlay of money.
    All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, and a tracksuit.
    In the summer, use a sun hat and sunscreen lotion.
    In warm weather, a pair of shorts and a t-shirt would suffice.
    You have to bear the following in mind, i.e.
  • never walk if you have a cold or fever
  • if you have to miss a session due to bad weather, you can always spend time indoors doing stretching exercises
  • try to avoid heavy traffic such as during peak hours
    You don’t want to inhale exhaust fumes all the time
  • do not exercise when you feel any discomfort or pain, or if you are extremely exhausted
  • avoid the hottest part of the day, between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm
  • walk on level surfaces and on pavements as far as possible
  • walk facing oncoming traffic, where there is no pavement
  • do not walk in the dark
    it is not only dangerous – you may trip and fall –
    if anything should happen to you, nobody will see it happening
  • if at all possible, walk with a partner, or in a group
    I do not intend to give medical advice. The above are recommendations only. You need to consult with your family doctor before embarking on any training programme, or before making any dietary changes.