At Mar-J Medical Supply of Boca Raton, we often meet clients who wish to improve their overall health and strength.
If you’re looking for a good answer, may we suggest asking your doctor about adopting a walking routine?
According to Harvard Health Publishing, a division of the Harvard Medical School of Harvard University, walking reduces the risk of cardiovascular events significantly, for all adults. Protection is observable starting at 5½ miles per week, even at a casual pace (at least 2 miles an hour).
Studies show that walking prolongs a person’s life. It also helps stave off dementia, cancer of the colon and more. The cardiovascular benefits include an improvement in blood pressure, blood circulation, cholesterol and insulin levels.
Walking to keep your weight in check? A person who weighs 120 pounds burns about 85 calories a mile, and a person who weighs 200 pounds burns about 125 calories per mile.
You might enjoy the peace and quiet of walking alone. Or gather with friends and make it social!
Tips for Safe, Effective Walking
If you’ve been injured or under the weather, ask your doctor if walking is advised. When you’re ready to set off, consider these tips.
- Take a water bottle, and stuff a plastic bandage in your pocket in case of blisters.
- Choose safe weather and terrain (or a treadmill).
- Wear bright clothing outside. If you have no sidewalk, always walk on the left of the roadway, facing cars.
- Stretch — both to warm up and cool down.
- Start with short walks. Increase your distance and speed when you feel ready. Adding hills is like climbing stairs: It offers added impact and intensity.
And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to use a cane or walking stick to stay active.
As your community provider of medical supplies in Boca Raton, Mar-J cares about your day-to-day health. We’re here to answer your questions and to cheer you on!