It is difficult to convince people close to you to go for a walk every day, especially if you push them to walk early in the day. Folks are tired, want to get up late, or just do not feel like having the energy to get up and go for a walk.
I keep emphasizing the huge health benefits of going for a walk consistently every day, even if it is just for 30 minutes every morning. The best time to go for a walk is during the early hours of the day – say even before 5 AM. Keep doing this regularly – may be take off for just a day from the schedule in between – and you will get to know why doctors and health professionals keep insisting on the benefits of walking. This means you go for a 30-minutes walk at least for 5 out of 7 days of the week, preferably on all days if possible.
You can sense the positivity and general feeling of good sense that encompasses you when you do this day and day out. You are energetic, you are focused, you are positive – these are the characteristics that you need for success in whichever endeavour that you undertake in life.
I go for a walk very early in the morning (this means I go for my night sleep early as well) – there is no gain without some kind of sacrifice ! Consistently and steadfastly following the same schedule helps a lot – it drives discipline and commitment. I never felt lazy getting up early, except when it is raining – I usually tend to thank the rains and catch up another 30 minutes of sleep ! But on most other days, I do kick myself out of the bed and go for my usual walk.
During weekends, I do at least one hour of walking. The brisk walking makes me sweat, sometimes profusely as the weather in Singapore is humid even at 6 AM. I try to get back by 7 AM, it helps to unwind and have a cup of steaming hot coffee while looking at the news. After an hour of cooling down, I go for the shower and feel very refreshed to tackle the challenges of the day. Rarely do I go to the gym, except for some weightlifting. I no longer run on the treadmill, after having read about the injuries it can cause.
I would suggest to all my friends and my blog readers to go for regular, daily walk (or running) every day of the week, and then go for longer walks during the weekends. This would help resolve most of the health problems that one faes. Especially during old age, it becomes an issue – no one to help if something happens during your walk, your inability to cope with knee pain or ankle pain, the strain that you feels after a few hundred metres of breathless walk, and so on and so forth.
However, if one attends to the problem of old age issues by walking rigorously during the thirties and forties, he or she will find that life after sixties becomes far easier to contend with. Of course, one has to drink warm water – lots of it. And, not cold water. People differ on this aspect. Just half hour before going to sleep, drink one cup of warm water – see the magic after a few weeks. You will feel fresh right throught the day.
In a nutshell, walking is the best exercise a man can do. More brisk walking will help. But it is not necessary to go for a very long walk. Just 30 minutes of walk will help a lot. Just be consistent. Try not to change your routine. Follow your heart here, not the brain only.
Enjoy your walk, every day ! You will see the results very soon !!