Walking – Natural, Adaptable and Healthy – 6 Reasons Why
Walking – Natural, Adaptable and Healthy – Why We Are Designed to Enjoy It.
Human beings were designed by nature to walk. It shows in our anatomy. Our upright posture, the strength of the back muscles, the shape of the feet, even the design of the balance organ inside the ear.
Our ancestors walked everywhere. In many places around the world, people still do, because they have no other choice.
The amount of time that we humans have stopped walking regularly is actually a blink of the eye compared to the time we have been on this planet. If you haven’t walked for years, but feel it’s time you started, it may be simple and easy.
1.Taking up Walking is Easier Than you Think
There are so many benefits to be gained from walking that it just needs positive thinking and just a little organisation to start, even if it has been low on your priority list for a long time. The secret is not to do too much, too soon. Walk a little every day. Expand your range gradually. Walking is not difficult, but it helps when we enjoy it. Focus on the benefits and maximise those benefits. When you start to feel the advantages, such as an increase in fitness, walking will soon become natural again.
So, just what are some of those benefits ?
2. Walking is Really Adaptable
There are several ways that walking can be combined with many other activities that we enjoy. It doesn’t have to be a choice of either walking or doing something else – it can be both/and.
Do you like to:
- Listen to music or radio
- Follow an audio text – an audio book,an interview
- Talk heart to heart with a friend
- Dream about a trip overseas
- Plan a kitchen extension or room re-decoration
- Think through something without being distracted
- Meditate – it can be done whilst walking
- Tune in to nature that suurounds you
Walking is so adaptable that you can easily do any of these while you go for a stroll in the park, take a brisk walk along the seafront or a hike up a mountain.
Of course, you can do all those things separately and you don’t need to walk to do them. It’s just that if time is precious there’s no harm in combining another activity with the enjoyment and benefit of walking for wellness.
3.Walking is a Stress Buster
Modern life can be stressful. There are schedules to keep. Money to be earned. Bills to be paid. Kids to get to school. Even when work comes to a standstill later in life, there can be money worries and health concerns. Walking helps to relieve this stress. It is purposeful and fulfilling. Stress can affect the physical state of the body in an unhealthy way. Stress can make us unwell in so many ways. Walking can help to limit and relieve and even reverse those unhealthy effects.
4.Walking as a Way to Wellness
Our bodies depend on activity for a state of wellness. It’s the way they were designed. Walking is one of the cheapest, easiest and most natural ways of being active. Perhaps it’s the extra flow of blood that stimulates many more parts of the body to work better. Just look at the way our bodies appreciate it:
- Leg muscles get firmer
- Stomachs contract
- Senses are sharpened
- Joints ache less
- Blood pressure is lowered
- Sleep comes easier
- Cholesterol is lowered
- Bones become supported by muscle.
5.Psychological Wellness Goes Together With Walking
Walking by itself is unlikely to rapidly reduce weight or solve personal problems. However, it is very likely to enhance one’s self confidence. Regularly walking just makes you feel better about yourself. Suddenly, tackling problems such as weight management and improved nutrition or strained relationships at home becomes a little easier. Tackling any problems in life depend on a state of psychological wellness and walking is one way this can be improved.
6.Walking can be Sociable
The sheer pace of walking does wonders for relationships. Whether it is your partner, a friend or one of your family, even your pet dog, it’s so much easier to maintain a conversation. The lack of interference from the outside world means that this conversation can become more meaningful. It beats trying to talk on a bike, or even in the family car, let alone in front of the TV.
Given a chance, we are highly likely to take to walking like ducks to water. Birds fly, snakes wriggle, fish swim, rabbits hop……human beings walk. It’s as simple as that. Oh, and remember you can take a friend or an MP3 player with you, too!