Walking for your health
For a lot of us exercise is pure drudgery. Exercise regimes have become complicated with elaborate equipment and costly gym memberships. And if an exercise routine is boring or too complicated or takes too much time, it will be abandoned.
Exercise helps us maintain a certain body weight and improves cardiovascular function by keeping arteries clear of debris and cholesterol levels down. It boosts the immune system and perspiration helps to eliminate toxins. Exercise also stimulates endorphin production, which acts as a natural opiate to calm our stress-filled bodies and creates a sense of well-being. Walking also improves the complexion of skin and brightens the eyes.
Walking is a simple method of reaping all the benefits of exercise without joining a gym or occupying too much of your time. By walking for 45 minutes at least five times a week you can stay in shape and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. The great thing about walking is that it releases you of feeling burdened of the exercise routine. It can be a lot easier to motivate yourself to get out of the bed in the morning and simply take a walk than it is to convince yourself to go to the gym. There’s no equipment needed (other then a decent pair of sneakers) and it’s easy to fit into your day.
On a deeper level, walking can provide a type of meditation practice, especially for individual who find sitting mediation too difficult. Walking provides us with another opportunity to establish a sense of connection with ourselves and to sharpen our awareness skills with each step we take. Just as with sitting meditation, walking mediation requires that you focus the mind and be present with each step. As distracting thoughts try to pull you away, stay focused on the mechanics of walking- the sensation of the foot as it touches the ground, your shifting weight and your breathing . Allow your awareness to be completely focused on the moment. Notice how your body relaxes in movement as the mind grows still.