Thursday, June 19, 2008

Loving life???

Every morning or in the afternoon before sun down, my daughter and I go to the nearest park and walk for 1 1/2 hrs. I walk and she rides her bike. I feel so lucky that my 5yo girl really loves nature. It relaxes me just to be out walking, and talking to my child while doing it,Its priceless. A walk on a treadmill or a walk in the park will sure get you fit, but the walk in the park may make you feel a whole lot better! Research confirms it. Exercising in a green environment puts you in a better frame of mind than working out in a sterile gym. Go figure!!

Get started on your walking program:

Begin by doing 5 minutes of medium-paced walking, followed by a few stretches for your legs to increase the flexibility in your joints. Try these exercises:

Calf muscles stretch: Stand facing a wall and place your foot forward, approximately 12-16" from the wall. Now, stretch your arms forward, keeping your elbows straight and lean against the wall. Now, place your foot a little behind the front foot and flat on the floor. Lean forward and distribute your body weight between your front foot and arms. Continue until you feel a stretch in the calf muscles of your back leg. Remain in this position for 15-30 seconds and go back to your starting position and repeat.

Thigh stretch sitting: Sit at the edge of a strong chair and lower your knee on the floor and press it under the chair. Hold this position for 15-20 seconds and repeat with other leg. Do this exercise twice with each leg.
Alternate thigh muscles stretch: Stand in front of a wall and place one hand on it and with the other hand, reach behind you and hold the foot of the same side in your hand. Balance on one foot and slowly raise the foot up towards your lower back. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds and then come back to the starting position. Do this three times with each leg.

Benefits of walking:
It improves cardiovascular fitness by getting the heart to beat faster to send blood rich in oxygen from the lungs to the muscles. This makes the functioning of the heart and lungs more efficient, besides reducing blood pressure and the resting heart rate. Walking also helps one recover from a heart attack.

Walking also reduces the risk of getting a heart attack. If you are over 40 years old and have heart problems, pulse rate, weight, respiration, blood pressure, or cholesterol problems, speak to your doctor before walking.
It improves blood circulation to the arms and legs and gives a feeling of overall well-being.

It also relieves depression, stress and anxiety because it releases endorphins, the body’s natural tranquillizers.
A good brisk walk can also stimulate your thinking.
By walking, you can burn a higher percentage of body fat, increase your overall health and fitness and boost your energy levels.

Don’t wait for the right reason or season before you can go out walking. Seize the moment and go out now.


Mira said...

I always go out with Mikey too on afternoon walks, but we don't really go too far, just around the yard. While most people are allergic to grass, I love the smell of grass and would even sniff the fragrance while we walk, LOL.
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Marvelous said...

Every Saturday morning I go for walk too, except the weather is bad. I want to go everyday but because I'm rushing to my work ...have to report at 7:30 AM hehehe...
It's me,


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