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Walking and its benefits - Written by Joe Patterson PT

To close National Heart Month for 2021, we have been talking to Joe Patterson about how we can keep our hearts healthy. Joe spoke with us about walking. Take a read of what his advice is to maintain a Healthy Heart.

Walking and its Benefits
Joe Patterson PT - Walking and its Benefits

Why should we walk?

Walking is something that comes extremely natural to human beings. It is probably one of the

most under-rate forms of exercise. It is so simple, yet when we are told to specifically walk and

put a mindful effort in it becomes a chore. So in this short snippet, I am going to talk to you

about why you should walk.

But first, what are the actual benefits of walking?

Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce

excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of

developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers

This doesn't mean you have to pick up speed walking, simply put, you can begin making a

difference by putting your shoes on and walking to the shop. Then to top up the daily count,

changing habits such as parking your car right in front of the supermarket, instead park a little

further away and the accumulation of time walking can almost feel seamless yet so beneficial.

There are other benefits associated with walking such as it making you happy. A good way of

looking at it is that you are disconnecting to reconnect with yourself. In a world where

technology is king, for us to go outside seems almost abnormal but in fact, we have been

designed to go out, socialise, hunt and gather. So in 21st century terms, we can go for a walk

with family or friends (in your support bubble), search for a nice route and then gather some

thoughts and ideas on what to have for tea after you have built up a healthy appetite from

venturing out.

What is the cost?

The cost is effort, nothing in life is technically for free, but putting in a small amount of effort into

walking can lead to huge benefits and in all honesty with the gyms being closed and many

places unfortunately being closed. This sum of effort what we should be putting into ourselves is

and always will be worth it. Whether that's for you to have a break from the screens of

technology, to cool off from an argument or to simply see the scenery of what the hills of

Sheffield hold for our eyes.

Get your trainers or boots on and go for a walk, you’ll be amazed at what you may discover.

To assist your journey, I recommend downloading for FREE ‘OS Maps’ it has pre-planned

routes for you to follow within your limits and it gives you a guide even when you do not have

any signal.

Follow Joe Patterson on his Social Media channels to keep up to date with any top tips.




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