Saturday, January 2, 2016

Time to Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Happy 2016!!

Now is the perfect time to get outside and relish the wild side of life. Humans are built to move. Until recently we were much more active on a daily basis and had no need to go to the gym. Moving was part of life. The modern sedentary lifestyle doesn't do us any favors - physically, mentally or emotionally. Walking outdoors can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Although walking is popular for weight loss and fitness, there are many other benefits too.

Take a look....

·      More energy to enjoy life
·      Increased weight management with toned muscles and less body fat
·      Reduced stress
·      Enjoy a deeper, more restful sleep
·      Reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis.
·      Prevent constipation, gallstones and impotence
·      Boost good cholesterol in the blood
·      Lengthen your life
·      Alleviate depression and negative thinking
·      Relieve arthritis and back pain
·      Strengthen muscles, bones, and joints
·      Improve lung capacity
·      Elevate overall mood and create a sense of well-being.
·      Increase feelings of peace, stability, and a sense of connection
·      Stimulate the brain and improve cognitive function
·      Harmonize all the systems in the body - digestion, circulation, immune, and nervous
·      Stimulate energy meridians through the soles of feet
·      Receive negative ions which helps to increase energy levels
·      Enjoy a greater sense of being in the body and grounded

Tips for Walking
While 30 to 60 minutes of walking per day is best, you can still benefit from two or more shorter walks of 10-15 minutes each.

A steady routine helps you to get the most out of your exercise program. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day, 5 or more days a week is ideal.

During your walks, you should be able to enjoy a conversation. If you're breathing too lightly, you can increase your pace. If you can't catch your breath, slow it down.

If you are pressed for time, walk around the local area after lunch and use the stairs instead of the elevator at work. At night, trade a half hour of TV for an enjoyable walk around the block. Take a friend, your dog or the whole family.

At weekends or in your free time, find places to walk in nature such as parks, preserves, gardens or arboretums.

The wilds of Wales
Have loads of fun out there. Love Chef Mel xx