Benefits of walking
Working from home means I don't have the daily commute on public transport, walking to the tram/bus/train and then walking to the office. This means I need to think about getting my steps in! Its crazy how many you can do just by going about your everyday activities but being in apartment has a considerable affect on this. We recently moved in to a house with four flights of stairs!! Its crazy but I can imagine this will have a huge effect on my health and in particular my poorly circulated legs. This is not just a problem for those working from home it's for everyone. I read or heard recently a good example of modern life. It was something about everyone being in boxes.... you live in a box, get in your box to drive to your work box and then sit in your box space. It's so true!
Luckily we have our little fur baby Max which means I get out of the house twice a day to do walk him but what if you don't have this?
People talk about doing 5000 steps, 10,000 steps..... I was recently told I should be doing 15,000 steps a day. I honestly don't know how I would do that without walking for about 2 hours everyday. Anyway, I think 10,000 is a good starting point.
Some of the benefits of walking;
- increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
- reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
- stronger bones and improved balance
- increased muscle strength and endurance
- reduced body fat.
Obviously a fit bit or something similar is a great way to monitor your steps and get you thinking, it also gives you those healthy reminders to get up. I have also invested in a standing desk and I have to tell you that even after a week I am feeling the benefit. My shoulder pain has rapidly decreased and I feel more alert and productive.
Walking is great if you have an injury too. A friend of mine recently suffered from incredible back pain. She was trying clinical Pilates, seeing a Physiotherapist and doing everything she could. In the end she was told by a surgeon to doing nothing but walk and she has seen a massive change in a short time and is nearly back to normal.
Sometimes we try new diets, new exercises, we pay for advice, we look and search for solutions but it is the simple things that are sometimes the best.