The benefits of brisk walking have been featured as headlines in the news again recently. The Telegraph quoted Professor Sir Muir Gray, clinical adviser as having said that, “Public Health England research showed that small changes could make a dramatic difference.
The article continued, “We all know physical activity is good for your health, but for the first time we’re seeing the effects that easily achievable changes can make. By walking just 10 continuous minutes at a brisk pace every day, an individual can reduce their risk of early death by 15 per cent. They can also prevent or delay the onset of disability and further reduce their risk of serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia and some cancers.”
Brisk walking typically requires you to move at least 3 mph. You should feel as if you are exercising. You should experience growing warmth and maybe sweat, feel your heart rate slightly elevate and begin breathing heavier. You should still be able to talk with someone you might be walking with, but you should not be able to sing. (??!!??)
Government recommendations on activity say adults should take part in at least two and a half hours (150 minutes) of moderate intensity activity every week.
Nordic walking is a brilliant way to achieve the recommendations.