There is no doubt that health and fitness are related to each other. If you are fit, you guarantee yourself a healthy life. Fitness is achieved by practicing any kind of sport, even if it is just walking. Technology has brought us so many benefits and managed our time, but in the same time, it brought us diseases and pains. Sedentary life is not ours, nor are we created to sleep or sit all the day long. We are born to live our lives moving and to be active, doing all our stuff by ourselves. Since we can not live without our cars, remote controls, elevators and PDA's, then we can practice any kind of sport to get the maximum out of it and be healthy all our lives.
If we took walking for an example, you will notice anybody you know who perseveres on walking every day for at least 1/2 an hour, that they are enjoying a healthy life, free from stress and sickness. This is because of their perseverance on walking improved his fitness, and so, their health and mental well-being. Actually, you can guarantee a good and healthy life just from walking every day. You will deal with your life stresses, you will progress at work, and even more, you will be more spiritual and religious. Simply because walking increases you blood flow to the brain, therefore, increases your thinking skills. So if you want to get smarter, then get walking.
Walking makes your body releases endorphins, which are natural hormones released inside your body to make you feel happy. This may be prominent when you walk at a high speed. However, people who walk slowly notice an improvement in their mood.
Almost, all the physicians recommend their patients to walk every day, or at least 3 times a week, and they consider it a natural treatment and an essential part of the therapy. So many diseases are cured or improved by walking. For example; Hypertension, Diabetes, Arthritis, Glaucoma, Cataract, Depression, Heart diseases, Respiratory diseases, Lymphatic diseases, Circulatory and Nervous problems.
As we mentioned before that while you walk, your brain releases endorphins and so achieving what many drugs and herbs try to achieve artificially but in a natural way. This makes the cure from depression, a piece of cake. However, depression is a serious and life-threatening disease. Anyway, you should consult a therapist in this case.
When you walk, you have much time to think and to get away from any stress. This is because you breathe in fresh air, watch the nature and feel your body moving, which relieves all the stresses in your body and on your mind, too.
On walking, you should wear comfortable clothes, and shoes. Drink enough water before, during and after walking. Try to make it in a natural open-air place, with trees and natural views around and enough fresh air. Enjoy the view and breathe deeply as much as you can. Be sure that you are away from any stressful factor. Walk an hour after a meal, and never walk on a full stomach. You can eat anything, but 1/2 an hour after your walk. Straighten your spine; do not arch your back. Do not lean forward or backwards. Look forward with your chin up. Try to make your body relaxed as much as you can, with your shoulders relaxed and slightly back. Pull your stomach inwards. Squeeze your buttocks as you walk.
You can ask anybody you know to join you while walking, as you will not feel bored, because you will talk and laugh with them, and time will pass by, resulting in so many miles walked without noticing that the distance and time had passed. Go ahead start from now on. Walk every day or at least 3 times a week, put it on your schedule and never skip it.