brisk walking, walking, walking health benefits, Bon Secours Weight Loss InstituteWalking is one of the easiest ways to exercise and maintain your weight. Not only does it have a low risk of injury, walking is practically free. All you need is a proper pair of walking shoes.

As fall approaches and the weather in Hampton Roads begins to cool, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors for a walk. You might need to start out slowly or only walk for a few minutes. But as you walk further and faster, the health benefits stack up nicely:

  • Stronger bones and muscles
  • Lower risk of high blood pressure
  • Lower risk of high cholesterol
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Better mood
  • Fitness level improvements
  • Higher caloric burn

To reap all the health benefits of walking, you may need to walk more than 150 minutes per week. However, if you walk every day, it’s not as hard as it might seem to walk that long. Remember, the more you walk, the more health benefits you get to enjoy.

Most people don’t need to consult their doctor before they start a walking program. You should check with your doctor for any type of exercise if you haven’t been working out and you have a chronic health problem. Chronic health problems include heart conditions, diabetes and high blood pressure.

If you get dizzy when you walk, feel faint, have shortness of breath or any type of pain in your check, neck and shoulder, talk to your health provider.

Remember to warm up when you start walking and cool down slowly. Most people like to stretch when they’re done walking because their muscles are warm. Gentle stretching improves your flexibility. Avoid any bouncing while you stretch.

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