A good walk is arguably the cheapest medicine available. Research shows that walking for an average of 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes by 30-40%.
There are other benefits too. Walking is mostly done outdoors and out in the fresh air. If walking through a park, on the beach or through the bush, the refreshing natural environment can also be enjoyed. And if you’re walking with friends, you can build relationships while exercising.
The Heart Foundation recommends that people aged 18-64 should aim for a 30-minute walk of moderate intensity on 5 days of each week. ‘Moderate’ means that the walk takes a bit of effort but it’s still possible to talk comfortably.
If new to exercise, then start small and build up from there. Perhaps aim for a 10-minute walk in the morning and evening then start increasing the time. You can even get a personalised walking plan from the Heart Foundation at https://walkingplans.heartfoundation.org.au
Also consider joining a Heart Foundation Walking Group where the benefits of exercise can be enjoyed while meeting other people keen to improve their heart health.
This article is for reference purposes only – it is not designed to be, nor should it be regarded, as professional medical advice. Please consult your own medical practitioner for health advice specific to your condition.