On average we take between 6.000 to 7,000 steps a day with health and fitness experts recommending that we aim for a total of at least 10,000 steps (5 miles) per day. However research suggests that those of us who wear a Pedometer will walk a further 2,000 additional steps more than non-wearers, supporting the theory that the Pedometer acts as a motivation to increase our activity levels. With it often said that if we could bottle exercise, we would have a medicine that could treat the majority of today’s health problems, the low impact sport of walking is a one size fits all form of physical activity, that’s cost effective and suitable for people of ages and physical capabilities. At Inhealth.ie we stock the market leading brand Omron and their best-selling range of Pedometers, including the Omron Walking Style III. Calculating your calories burned, distance, steps, burned fat and a 24 hour digital clock, it is the ultimate in Pedometers and will be dispatched the same day as ordered. Inhealth.ie also offer the Omron Lightweight Large Display Pedometer and the Omron Walking Style One 2.0 Pedometer and designed to be worn comfortably and without hindrance on the hip.
Benefits of Walking.
- Vital for your cardiovascular health and fitness, walking has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It works to lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing your levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, and is also crucial in the prevention of high blood pressure. According to the Stroke Association walking briskly for up to 30 minutes a day can reduce your risk of stroke and high blood pressure by up to 27%.
- Reduces risk of disease, such as diabetes, asthma and certain cancers. The British Medical Journal have reported that taking more steps ever day can ward off diabetes and regular exercise may reduce risk by up to 60%. For those people who engage in regular exercise research suggests that there is a 20% lower risk of developing colon, breast and ovarian cancer.
- Lose weight and keep it off. Iin order to lose weight your need to burn at least 600 calories a day more than you’re consuming, Walking is the easiest way in which to do that. As example if you weigh 60kg you will burn 75 calories simply by walking at 2mph for 30 minutes, increase that level to 3mph and you will burn 99 calories. Walking will also increase muscle mass and tone the body, as your develop more muscle the faster your metabolism will be, thereby enabling you to burn more calores even at rest.
- Prevents Osteoporosis, as the activity of walking counts as a weight bearing activity, it stimulates and strengthen bones, increasing bone density and maintaining healthy joints in the hope of reducing the risk of conditions such as arthritis.
- Walking will tone your buttocks, legs and stomach, giving greater definition to calves, quads, hamstrings and the lifting of your glutes (buttock muscles), particularly if you walk up hills. If you concentrate on your posture as you walk it can help tone the abs and reduce waist circumference.
- Studies has shown that regular moderate-intensity exercise (such as brisk walking) is proven to be as effective as anti-depressants in some cases of mild to moderate depression. Walking releases feel-good endorphins into the bloodstream, reducing stress and anxiety and can help banish feelings of isolation and loneliness . A survey conducted by the mental health charity Mind, found that up to 83% of people with mental health issues actively seek exercise to lift mood.