Health Benefits of Walking Properly

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    November 02, 2019 08:29

    Walking is one of the easiest types of exercise you can do virtually anywhere, and has a range of health benefits. Walking with good posture improves the health of almost everyone, including those who suffer from obesity, diabetes, or osteoporosis.

    It prevents cholesterol from building up, keeps stress and depression at bay, and facilitates blood circulation. It also helps with weight loss and boosts your metabolism. If you have back problems, it can improve your posture and relieve pain.

    The average Korean adult walks about 6,000 steps per day. However, sedentary office workers and those who drive to work average only around 3,000 steps. Housewives walk an average of 2,000 steps per day.

    But to get the most out of walking you should walk at least 10,000 steps a day. Even if you do not have enough time or an adequate environment to achieve this, there are many little things you can do in your daily life to increase your step count, such as using stairs instead of elevators or escalators, or taking more bathroom breaks.

    The most important thing to consider when walking is to maintain good posture. If you don't, walking will do a lot more harm than good, possibly leading to a sprained ankle or arthritis. Keep your back straight and look straight ahead, taking comfortable strides with your feet shoulder-width apart.

    Keep your knees facing straight forward, landing your heel first, followed by the sole of the foot, then the toes. Keep your strides small to increase step count, and don't spread your feet too wide.

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