Walk This Way
Losing weight and decreasing our calories can be a struggle. Between work and family obligations, who has the time to go to the gym or take a long run around the neighborhood? Running may be a great way to lose weight and boost energy but it can be time consuming and difficult-especially for people in poor health or elderly. However, what many people do not know is that walking can be beneficial for weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
There are many reasons why people run or jog. Running helps us to maintain a healthy heart and keep us in a better mood. Some statistics are showing that walkingmay have the same benefits to your body and can be one of the best steps to improve your overall strength. If we take some time out of our busy schedule to take a quick walk it will help our health tremendously. At Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center we recommend that you always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise or walking routine. Please feel free to visit Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center or call us at 201-392-3100 for any health related concerns or questions.
• While at work, try to take a break and walk around the office. Take the stairs when you can.
• At home, walk around the block before dinner. This will help your appetite and boost your metabolism.
• Walk on a street with an incline or small hill so you can burn more calories rather than walking on a flat path.
• During the weekend,walking at a steady pace can burn up to 500 calories per hour.Walking in woody or grassy areas will work all parts of your body.
• Take advantage of the warm weather during the summer. A beautiful walk on the beach or boardwalk will be just want your body needs to shake those winter blues.
• Build up your pace to increase momentum. You can challenge yourself to reach new goals and benchmarks-shoot for 10,000 steps per day.
• Walking helps lower heart disease by actuallystrengthening it. Walking may help slash your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, asthma and some cancers. A regular walking routinecould prevent memory loss from dementia and will stimulate strong bone density. Walking will also tone, shape, and strengthen legs and arms and boost the vitamin D levels in your body through fresh air and warm sunlight.
• There are also walking events that take place in your local community. Take advantage of not only keeping yourself healthy but also assisting organizations who help keep the public informed about health issues.
These are just a few reasons why Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center’s clinicians feel walking may be the best alternative to running for some people. Walking is also the easiest and best way to exercise if you are on the go or strapped for time. It is also free and no gym membership is required!