Walk­ing for health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BODY, MIND & SOUL - By eLLeN WhYTe

GET­TING out and about is ex­cel­lent for your over­all health as it gets your body mov­ing, help­ing to boost proper di­ges­tion and en­cour­ag­ing proper breath­ing.

How­ever, there are dif­fer­ent kinds of walk­ing, so if you’re look­ing for some­thing dif­fer­ent, check out th­ese ideas.

An av­er­age stroll is light ex­er­cise but when you’re liv­ing in an area with­out pave­ments or good sur­faces, it’s very hard to ac­tu­ally re­lax and en­joy your­self.

Shop­ping malls are ideal be­cause they of­fer beau­ti­ful sur­faces and there’s plenty to look at too. For the best ex­pe­ri­ence, go early and go to a quiet floor.

Mall walk­ing.

is a su­per fast walk that isn’t quite a jog. It’s good ex­er­cise but you must wear good shoes to pro­tect your feet

Power walk­ing

and knees from im­pact.

is where you take your walk up hills and moun­tains. It can be a sim­ple stroll where you have to cir­cum­vent some rough spots in the path here and there all the way up to a form of rock climb­ing where you use ropes and need spe­cial boots.

In Malaysia, there are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for scram­bling. The most im­por­tant thing is to stay safe and healthy, so join a group to learn the ropes.

If you live near a tourist at­trac­tion, such as a cave or moun­tain, phone them up and ask about leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

If you aren’t sure, con­tact or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Malaysia Na­ture So­ci­ety and see what they have to of­fer.

In all kinds of ac­tiv­ity, re­mem­ber this: if you’re start­ing a new regime, be safe and talk to your fam­ily doc­tor first. A lit­tle preven­tion is worth a tonne of cure.


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