We have an unfortunate culture, particularly in Australia, of waiting until there’s a problem with our bodies before actually taking the initiative and doing something about our health. In these instances, we tend to treat the symptoms of the problem rather than the root cause. When we do this, we’re inviting recurring problems and regular trips to the doctor. However, when we work on tackling the root issue, we see a wider improvement in all aspects of our health. This method of tackling problems with the body is called preventative health, and you can read more about its benefits here.
In this article, we’re going to be discussing one of the simplest and most effective ways of getting started in preventative health treatment: walking.
Going for regular walks in an excellent way of getting into shape and preventing sickness further down the line. Walking is a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness, reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, and help with pain relief for common conditions such as arthritis. But one of the biggest positives from walking is for your mental health. It’s a perfect opportunity to get out and about, socialise and release endorphins to make you feel sharper, happier and more full of life.
So, how do you get started with a regular walking regime? Of course, it’s as simple as going outside and getting your legs moving, but here are three quick tips that will help you to do it safely, and have more fun and success:
Speak with Your GP
If you haven’t exercised in a while, it’s important to get medical advice so that you know your limits and what you’re capable of. For instance, they’ll take a look at your blood pressure and cholesterol, and then advise you accordingly as to what goals you can begin setting yourself.
Setting Goals and Targets
Once your GP has advised you on what you’re capable of, you can start setting yourself goals over a period of weeks and even months. This is a great way of adding a competitive element to your walking, while also ensuring that you stick with it in the long-run. Don’t push yourself too hard, but aim to steadily start walking longer distances and watch as your fitness levels rise.
Go with a Friend
As mentioned above, walking isn’t just about physical fitness, it’s good for your mental state too. Start walking with a friend or group of friends on a regular basis. You can even set your goals together, so that you’re collectively working towards the same objectives.
If you’re starting from a low base, it’s important that you not only seek out medical advice from a GP, but also a professional physio who can help you with your goals. With them, you can set challenging and fun objectives in the knowledge that you’re doing it safely and maximising on your physical potential.
So, put a plan in motion today towards fully enjoying the benefits of walking, and take your first steps towards engaging in preventative health.
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