Physical activity and movement are one of the most important things you can do for your health. By deciding to read this article we already know that you made the decision to change to a healthier YOU.
Walking has been identified as one of the most popular forms of physical activity. Why walking?
Research shows the following health benefits of walking:
By looking at all the great benefits of walking, there is no reason not to try it out! Trust me you won’t regret it.
Set a goal: For example, to be able to walk 5km in 2 months’ time
Find a training partner/friend/dog
Start slow and increase your distance gradually: for example, if you are not used to physical activity rather walk every other day to allow your body to get used to the activity
Put it on schedule: use a calendar and mark the days you want to walk
The world health organization recommends the following amount of physical activity for adults: 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week. There are various ways of accumulating the total of 150 minutes per week. For example, walking for shorter bouts of at least 20 minutes each, spread throughout the week, added together will add up to meet your goal of recommended activity needed. (see reference list)
Moderate intensity means the following: brisk walking allowing you to be able to still have a conversation with your walking partner without needing to catch your breath, but at a pace faster than your normal “window-shopping” pace.
To get you started, here is a guideline to follow:
Parkrun is a free, weekly 5km event that takes place all around the world. This event takes place on Saturday morning in parks/public places specifically chosen all over South Africa.
This is a fun, positive and welcoming experience with no time limit. Everyone is welcome whether you walk, jog or run.
How to take part: You will need to register only once to receive your barcode, which need to be printed and presented at every Parkrun. Please visit the link to register www.parkrun.co.za/register/
There are 227 events around the country. Find your nearest parkrun by visiting the Parkrun website www.parkrun.co.za/
The following Parkruns are places nearby:
Date: Every Saturday morning
Take the next big step to a healthy lifestyle and start
Robinson Private Hospital
Medical Centre Block 4
Tel: 011 693 5041
Lenmed Private Hospital
Ward Street, Greenhills
Tel: 011 693 5041
1679 President Kruger Street
Tel: 011 753 2113
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