Walking is amazing. Not only does it relax the nervous system by reducing stress, but it also lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart.

And It’s Easy!

Many people who are at risk for stroke and heart disease are overweight and find it hard to exercise. However, walking is a low-impact exercise that almost anyone can do, and it is a great way to start adding physical activity to your lifestyle.

Walking allows you to start where you are.

It’s easy and doesn’t cost much money to get started. Just put on your walking shoes and get out there!

Start Like This…

Start with five minutes if that’s all you can do or have time for. You could also walk to the mailbox and back three times a day. Start small.

Don’t be surprised if you feel so good and enjoy it so much that you add a few more minutes to your walk after a few days.

Whatever you do, don’t underestimate the power of action by just getting started.

Challenge Yourself

To gain greater health benefits, experiment with how fast you walk by picking up the pace or alternating a faster pace with a slower pace.

After a few days, start picking up the pace and increase your time.

After a couple of weeks, you might find yourself up to 20 or 30 minutes or even 45 minutes and logging thousands of steps.

If you don’t have time for thirty minutes all at once, you can break it up into three 10-minute sessions throughout your day.

Remember to discuss your walking plans with your doctor if you have high blood pressure or are at risk for heart disease so that you can create a safe walking plan that’s appropriate for you.

Enjoy The Benefits

Give yourself the gift of enjoying walking. Walking is relaxing and lowers blood pressure, especially if it’s outside in a pretty park in the fresh air. You will feel better, and your mood will brighten. But the benefits do not stop there.

Regular physical activity strengthens the heart because it’s a muscle. Therefore, a brisk walk works out more than your leg muscles; it conditions your heart, too.

Your heart gets stronger as you continue to condition it through walking, making it easier to pump blood through your body. Your muscles will strengthen, and you will burn body fat, which is good for your blood pressure in the long term.

All it takes is a short, enjoyable walk each day.

As you get stronger, your walks will become longer, and you may even try swimming or riding your bike.

A healthy diet, regular physical activity, and losing weight are among the most effective ways to reduce hypertension.

When you consider that walking can greatly reduce stress, it’s little wonder that walking has such beneficial effects on your health and well-being.

You were designed to move! Are you ready to get started? Then let’s lace up our shoes and go for a walk.!

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