Walking

United States
January 18, 2013 11:39pm CST
I love taking a nice long walk for exercise. Whenever I want to lose weight, relieve stress, boost my immune system or simply maintain my good health, I enjoy taking a walk around the neighborhood. It increases my respiration, circulation and metabolism and builds muscle, which burns fat and supports my skeletal system, which includes my joint health and spinal alignment. There are more benefits from walking than I can remember at once, and I absolutely love it!
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@rhoiena (109)
• Philippines
19 Jan 13
Walking is good for our health. Not only to our health also to our pocket and mother earth. You can save money when you are walking, you don't need to pay for riding a vehicles. You can save mother earth if you don't use your car, less air pollution.
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• United States
19 Jan 13
Hello, rhoiena, and thanks! This is very true. Walking is an environnmentally conscious form of transportation and exercise.
@prabu6683 (113)
• India
19 Jan 13
I belive walking is good for health. but we dont have much time for walk. people are busy with their day to day activities.
• United States
19 Jan 13
Hiya prabu and thanks! You're right. It is hard to squeeze walking into today's busy schedules. But where there's a will, there's a way.
@wolfie34 (26789)
• United Kingdom
19 Jan 13
Nothing like a good long walk to clear the cobwebs away hey? I often walk home instead of getting the bus, it's a 30 minute walk or a 5 minute bus ride, bus fares are quite expensive, so I rather save my money and walk, unless it's bad weather like we have right now, and I will take the bus both ways into town. I tend to do most of my exercise at the gym, 3 times a week and a 90 minute work out does wonders for me.
• United States
20 Jan 13
I guess your buses don't run on the beautiful hydrogen fuel cells, then. The bad weather has been such a downer for me and my friends lately. It's thrilling to get outside and walk now that we've got a few clear days. Today is my third day in a row, and it feels better every time. 5 miles in 45 minutes or so.
@2855994 (126)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Congratulations on walking 5 miles in 45 minutes. You are really on the ball. My young and beautiful daughter just told me that she walked nine miles today. Oh! How I long for the days of my youth when I could walk at least one mile without wanting to stop and take a break. Nevertheless, walking is a great way to keep from becoming stiff.
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• United States
21 Jan 13
Hello 2855, and thanks for joining in. Through some miracle, I've always been able to walk 4-5 miles in about an hour, regardless my health condition, unless it required bedrest. In only three days, I'm already feeling the benefits in my legs and abs. Just a few days ago, my joints were aching in the winter cold. Now, not so bad.
@Arieles (2473)
• United States
20 Jan 13
Walking is one of the best things we can do for our bodies. It's free, can be done anywhere, and there's no right or wrong way to walk. You can walk fast, slow or add in a little more strenuous walking to get the heart rate up where it needs to be. You won't build much muscle with walking (it's aerobic not anaerobic) but it's still great for the circulation, heart and lungs and it will help increase your metabolism. I plan on walking today for at least 40 minutes
• United States
21 Jan 13
That's great, Arieles, that you walk 40 minutes and know so much about its health benefits and freedoms. I did some gardening earlier and had to rest, so I guess my dog and I will check out the moon and stars instead of sunset on our stroll this evening. It's so amazingly simple to change the views when you walk. Simply walk a new route, a new area, a different time. Still costs nothing and gives you everything in return for your efforts.
• United States
20 Jan 13
I'm a walker too. Love to get out in the fresh air and enjoy the day. It gives me a sense of peace and relaxation. Gets me energized and rejuvenated. I like to walk where a I live now we are out away from all the traffic and car noises. Its very peaceful and alot of times you get a chance to see the wildlife.
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• United States
21 Jan 13
Same here, reddog. How many things in life give you both energy and relaxation like walking does? Not many, I venture. It's wonderful to be away from the exhaust fumes and excessive sound, now inhaling fresh, clean air and savoring the sounds of nature, like a soft breeze and bird caws, chats and songs. I've lived in the country before, and moving back to the city I forgot what I was missing and stopped walking as much. Now I want to hold onto these healthy country pleasures, including walking, as long as I can.
@2855994 (126)
• United States
20 Jan 13
I am a walker also. Walking helps me to feel good about my physical well-being. Each time that I walk around my neighborhood, I find out something new that my neighbors are doing. It's not like I am spying on them or anything; but I am out taking a nice brisk walk, and there they are. Sometimes I take my Lab-Mutt Oreo on a walk with me. He keeps me company and also helps me to walk faster. Taking nice long walks also strengthened my heart. I almost had a heart attack a few years ago. I am so grateful that I decided to take a walk.
• United States
21 Jan 13
Walking is excellent nonstrenuous exercise for a cardiovascular workout. It really gets the blood moving, and strengthens the heart muscles, besides. It's great that you have a lab mix, too, for your personal trainer. They're great for lowering blood pressure, as is the walking. And they open your eyes to fascinating things along the side of the road.
@peavey (16991)
• United States
19 Jan 13
I enjoy walking, but I don't like to walk alone in town. I used to walk a lot when we lived in the country, though. It's great exercise and refreshes the mind as well as the body. Besides that, just being outside is good for us.
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• United States
19 Jan 13
Hey peavey! You are so right on all counts. I forget if it was Dr. Andrew Weil or Dr. Deepak Chopra who said that we all need at least 30 minutes outside daily. That's an easy, inexpensive, natural prescription to follow. Cheers!
@ZoeJoy (1393)
• United States
19 Jan 13
I try to fit in a walk every day into my schedule. It isn't easy but I just have to stay fit and exercise. Walking is very good exercise because almost anyone can go for a walk. I see people who are elderly walking, when I go for my walk around my neighborhood. It is a very international neighborhood and so, I see people from different countries who are out for a walk. I know some of them don't speak English and we just nod and smile at each other as we pass each other. We know that we are each benefiting from a good walk around the neighborhood and enjoying the fresh air.
• United States
19 Jan 13
Hi, ZoeJoy, and thanks for joinging in. That's great to see your neighbors, even moreso that they are from many different lands. If it were me, I would be walking with them, learning their languages. Cheers!
@jalucia (1433)
• United States
19 Jan 13
Well, I say good for you. Sometimes when I think about it, I can't remember the last time I took a walk, besides to and from my car. It would probably be the last time my car broke down.
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• United States
19 Jan 13
Hi jalucia, and thanks again. I, too, have walked when my car was out of order. Fortunately, I lived in a small college town, where most everything I needed was accessible on foot and within easy reach.
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