Yes, Walking Is A Sport
Posted by Nancy on August 26, 2010
Walking is not only a sport, it is also one of the best things you can do for your body. It is considered a good exercise option and is easy on your joints which makes it preferable over many other more strenuous activities for some people. Researchers report that brisk walking is an ideal way to combat high blood pressure, a condition which afflicts a great many people the world over.
In addition, it can boost metabolism and burn calories which results in weight loss. As if these were not enough reasons to consider making walking part of your daily routine, another benefit is that walking helps to increase the circulation of oxygenated blood which keeps arteries flexible and clean. Those are all great health related benefits but another one that is equally as appealing is that walking can help to reduce the stress that so many of us deal with.
You do not need to belong to a gym or have special clothing (aside from some good shoes) and you can do it by yourself or with a partner or in a group. It is something that you can do at anytime of the day or night, at home or even while on vacation. It would be hard to think of a more convenient activity.
If you do not think that walking is arduous enough, you can easily increase the difficulty of your routine by increasing your walking speed, adding hills, and increasing the duration of your walk.
With the current release of information from studies that indicate that by the year 2030, as many as 86% of all American’s could be considered overweight or obese, doing something physical is essential. Make the decision to begin today doing something that will keep you from being among the dire statistics predicted by health researchers. Walk to improve your mood, increase your energy level and reduce your waistline.