Guest Author - Carla Cano
Obesity is a growing epidemic in the United States. There are many reasons for the continued rise in the prevalence of obesity. The job market has changed from labor demanding to sedentary demands. The type of entertainment has changed to dinner out and a movie instead of cooking at home and taking long walks. The availability of whole foods and natural products have decreased. Often the price of whole, natural foods is quite higher than the over processed, unhealthy alternative.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35. 7% of adults were obese in the 2009-2010 studies released. That number has increased dramatically over the last 20 years. They also state that the leading cause of death in men and women alike is heart disease. In most instances heart disease is preventable by changing a sedentary lifestyle to an active, healthy lifestyle.
Things have changed and not in a positive way for those in search of a healthy lifestyle. It can seem difficult to maintain a healthy weight. However, it is as easy as walking. That's right, by putting on your sneakers and going for a brief walk your health can improved Walking helps build the strength in the heart muscles. Continued walking increases endurance and encourage natural healing to take place in your body.
Developing a walking routine is easy. Just start. Start walking today. Walk to enjoy the fresh air and to enjoy time with a loved one or to enjoy time alone. Walk to feel the wind on your face as you strengthen the muscles in your body. Start with five minutes a day, then increase until you have achieve the desired amount of time you want to walk. Once you have reached the amount of time you want to walk each day increase the speed. Put a little pep in your step and it will rev up the quality of the walk. Walking will help reset your metabolism so that your body starts using stored energy, fat, in an efficient, natural way.
Increasing your activity level along with eating healthy, whole, natural foods many illnesses can be prevented or even cured. Chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes even certain types of cancers are preventable. It is vital to the individual future as well as the nation's future to take steps to improve in areas where each individual can. Walking is a choice that can be made today to benefit your health tomorrow. Within the first week of starting a walking program individuals notice a difference in their energy levels and emotional well being. Within two weeks individuals began noticing weight loss and improved muscle performance.
If you have been told you have heart disease by your doctor or suspect that you are in danger of becoming a candidate for heart disease, ask your physician about adding walking to your exercise routine. Most individuals are able to start a beginners walking program with no ill effects. It is one of the safest exercise routines to follow. Hhowever it is important to discuss your health care routines with your physician. If at this time you are unable to begin a walking routine your doctor will have suggestions to get you started.