Walking has all sorts of health benefits, including the ability to lower your blood pressure and strengthen your heart. Many people at risk of stroke and heart disease are overweight, unhealthy and have difficulty moving. Fortunately, walking is a simple, low-impact exercise that almost anyone can do.
Start from where you are standing. Just put on your shoes and start walking. If you can only walk for five to ten minutes, start there. This is a great start, and it’s a lot more practice than you’ve gotten so far. Stick with it for a week and then see if you can do 15 minutes.
If you can walk 30 minutes, start there. Pick up the pace, walk briskly and try walking for 45 minutes after a week or two. Or divide your walking training into 3 shorter sessions spread over the day.
If you have health problems, especially if you suffer from high blood pressure and are at risk of heart disease, discuss your walking plans with your doctor. Both of you can come up with a plan that is appropriate and safe for you.
Getting out and walking will help you on different levels. The walking itself, especially if you can walk in a beautiful park, is very relaxing and will lower your blood pressure soon after the walk. This is a great advantage of walking and something that will immediately make you feel better. But the benefits are not exhausted with this.
Regular exercise will strengthen your heart. Remember that your heart is a muscle and a brisk walk trains more than your leg muscles. If you exercise your heart, it will become stronger and pump the blood better through your body. And as you strengthen your muscles and your body as a whole, you are likely to lose body fat. This is good news for your blood pressure in the long run. All you need to do is take a little walk every day. The stronger you get, the longer these walks become and you can even try swimming or cycling.
A healthy diet, regular exercise and weight loss are among the most effective ways to regularly lower high blood pressure. If you add to this the fact that walking will help you reduce it, it is no wonder that regular walking has such positive effects on your health. Are you ready to get started? Put on your shoes and take your first walk.
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