A step in the right direction.
Well, 10,000 to be more precise!
"37% of heart disease deaths happen because of a lack of physical activity compared to 19% related to smoking.” The British Heart Foundation (BHF).
10,000 steps equates to roughly 5 miles (the equivalent of climbing the Eiffel Tower six times or walking two lengths of Heathrow's longest runway) and Japanese research has shown that doing this small amount of exercise daily is a good way of maintaining a healthy heart and reducing body fat. Most people only walk less than half of this suggested amount and cite various excuses for doing so, but it doesn't have to be difficult! The proposed routine breaks a healthy lifestyle down into small, achievable goals which can be accomplished In various easy ways:
· Walk to the local shop on a regular basis. Use the stairs instead of a lift . Get off the bus a stop earlier
· Even parking at the far end of the car park could make a significant difference
· Failing that, throwaway the remote control!
· Try and enjoy yourself doing it - there are bound to be plenty of naturally attractive places near you that provide a pleasant location for a stroll - and remember it's free!
In time you should be able to find small but effective ways of your own to bump up your daily total.
On their website, the British Heart Foundation Medical Director, Professor Sir Charles George states that:
"Walking is one of the easiest, most convenient and inexpensive forms of exercise. By encouraging people to take more exercise we hope to cut the number of deaths from heart disease. Physical activity can cut the risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease by up to halt; it can also lower blood pressure, relieve stress and minimize the risk of stroke and diabetes. Currently only 30% of men and 20% of women take enough exercise to keep their hearts healthy. "
But the benefits of regular walking don't stop there; a regular ramble, habitual hike or just a standard stroll can also strengthen bones and thus reduce the risk of osteoporosis, can reduce the pain associated with osteoarthritis of the knee and can also reduce the risk of strokes, diabetes and various other complaints as well as anxiety and stress.
Research carried out by the British Heart Foundation showed that more than half the people who were previously taking insufficient exercise to benefit their health, had reached the recommended levels of exercise after using a Pedometer for 3 months.
A Pedometer is a small electronic device which should help you to meet the daily individual goal of 10,000 steps. It fits on your waistband and counts every step you take. A small hammer inside the device hits a sensor every time it detects a forward or downward movement and in turn, a counter is activated which can then be reset at the end of every day.
"Walking is one of the easiest, most convenient and inexpensive forms of exercise." Professor
Sir Charles George, British Heart Foundation Medical Director
An article from Healthy Direct.