Need For Speed
Here speed means not while driving your vehicle but for morning walk. It is a very essential part of exercise and helps all organs like heart, lungs, muscles, bones, brain etc.
According to experts, speed walk gives you long life. As you increase your pace, your life span will be increased. If you increase your speed by eight meters per minute yearly, your life span will be increased by 12 per cent according to a survey conducted on people above 65 years of age. In the 74-84 age group whose speed was 5 km per hour, 92 per cent of them achieved 10 years increased life span. So slow walkers are advised to increase their speed, especially who are above 65 years.
Just try to grab 30 minutes from your busy schedule (or even 15 minutes to begin with) daily to keep yourself fit and healthy. Health benefits of speed walk are quite compelling.
Some indisputable health benefits of speed walk
Remedy for diabetes: For those suffering from diabetes, regular walk improves body mass index and blood pressure levels. It also strengthens your heart, muscles and lungs. Daily brisk walking lets you burn up to 200 calories and also reduces body fat.
Healthy heart: It is an exercise for heart that will help you live longer and healthier. Regular speed walk ensures you less of bad cholesterol in the body and also reduces the risk of cardio vascular diseases. It also means that you breathe deeply and take in lot of fresh oxygen for your blood. This will also keep you more energetic.
De-stressing: Brisk walking helps ease stress and anxiety, reduces depression and also imparts positive attitude to start your day. It gives you a sense of freedom, charges up the mood and helps keep you positive, happy and energetic throughout the day. It also improves your self-esteem. This is why it is seen as one of the best ways to beat depression.
Weight loss: Proper exercise with nutritious diet can burn calories which would otherwise end up as fat. You can burn up to 100 calories by brisk walking up to a mile. For a brisk walk of two miles, three times a week, you are sure to lose 0.5 kg every month. If you brisk walk 45 minutes every day, a slimmer waistline will not be a distant dream.
Improves concentration: Walking stimulates the blood flow and provides oxygen to the brain. This leads to improved functioning of the brain and better ability to recall. Besides a moderate amount of physical activity is known to reduce the risk of dementia. Many speed walkers believe that speed walk is like meditation and it improves your concentration. The reason for that is when you are speed walking your concentration is only on speed and the path before you
Good for your knees: Many of the joint problems like arthritis can strike you because you do not flex your muscles enough. Speed walk is a good workout for your knees. Speed walk helps you keep your knees in shape and also helps keep joints well lubricated and pain free.
Keeps various diseases at bay: It helps cut the risks of several dangerous diseases like cancer, obesity etc. Thus helps you live longer and lead a healthier life.
Improves stamina: Speed walk increases your lung power. Most of us use our lungs to only 1/4th of its capacity. When you walk at a greater speed your lungs expands and works hard. This eventually makes your breathing more levelled and improves your stamina.
So start daily speed walking immediately and get all the health benefits.
By Nibhanapudi Suguna