Let’s walk more — for the health of it
It seems as if walking in some regards is taboo to the Bahamian culture. Now before I get chastised for that statement, let me explain what I mean. How many individuals you know pull up to the food store, and because there’s no “close” parking they decide to leave and return later. I’ve seen and heard it multiple times. This is definitely nothing new. Given the farthest parking still isn’t a monumental distance away, we would opt to wait until there’s a closer parking spot, rather than add positive steps to our day.
But when we travel, we are automatically inclined to walk — especially, when we visit the mall. Even if the parking lot is full at the mall, we take on our journey, embarking towards the entrance with no hesitation.
Now imagine if we put that perspective towards our everyday life. The rewards we would achieve by adding more steps to our day would be well worth it. And this does not include your regular workout regime.
Now I’m not saying you have to start counting your daily steps, you don’t want this to be an arduous task that you lose interest in, but simply creating walking as a lifestyle would benefit your long-term health habits.
I know some of us work in an office setting and it’s very hard to be walking, but standing up while on a phone call, or walking around the office while sending an email from your phone sure wouldn’t be frowned upon.
If you work in a sedentary setting that comprises of you sitting at a desk for eight hours, then you definitely should be adding those little walking tips to your day. Think about it, you just got out of your car sitting in traffic for who knows how long, now you’re at your desk, sitting for another length of time.
According to Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
As ominous as this theory sounds, you can’t take the information for granted.
Along with Dr. Levine’s findings, an article by the Huffington Post notes, “Researchers have found and continue to find evidence that prolonged sitting increases the risk of developing several serious illnesses like various types of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.”
Although the research done is based on United States populous, you still have to consider what the level of sitting is doing to individuals in our country.
Let’s take better initiatives to take on extra walking steps on our lives. Your body will thank you in the long run.
- Stay positive. Be purely consistent. Achieve more. And go get it! Emilio Bullard is a personal trainer at Balmoral Club. He can be contacted at [email protected].