Sedentary lifestyle has significantly increased the risk of Heart disease even in youngsters. Heart healthy diet, low cholesterol diet, weight loss and regular exercise are some of the ways to prevent heart disease. Most of the people around us don’t even bother to exercise a little. Brisk walking is a good option for those who give an excuse not to exercise. Walking is a beneficial way to begin to change sedentary behavior It is safe, inexpensive, enjoy able and can easily fit into almost anyone’s busy schedule. One can enjoy walking while at work, while talking on phone, during gardening.
- Brisk walking reduces risk of heart disease more effectively than running, when energy expenditure for both the activities is balanced out.
- The best type of activity for your heart is aerobic activity of moderate intensity. It includes walking as long as you feel warmer, you breathe harder and your heart beats faster than usual.
- Brisk walking everyday burns up to 200 calories and reduces body fat.
- Running reduces the risk of heart disease by 4.5 percent, while walking reduces it by 9.3 percent.
- Walking also has a stronger impact on risk factors causing heart disease.
According to American Heart Association, brisk walking reduces the risk of high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and diabetes. These are said to be the key players in the development of heart disease.
- The risk of first time high blood pressure reduces by 4.2 percent by running, while 7.2 percent by walking.
- Running reduces the risk of first time high cholesterol by 4.3 percent and walking reduces it by 7 percent.
- Walking and running both reduces the risk of first time diabetes by about 12 percent.
- Walking for at least 150 minutes every week can cut down the risk of heart disease.
- Regular brisk walking can reduce high blood pressure by making heart to work more effectively and by improving the blood circulation.
- Chances of heart attack can be reduced to half by an increase in ‘good’ cholesterol from regular walk.
Engaging in regular physical activity is best measure to maintain cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, stroke and premature death.