Walking is wonderful but it will not improve all four aspects of fitness which all begin with the letter S:
Exercise! exercise! exercise! what do these words conjure up? The gym, sweat, leotards, slimming, living longer, getting fitter, obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease. Take more exercise is the general advice but how should this be done easily, enjoyably and cheaply? Daily walking as the answer hardly gets a look-in when the different options are considered, but it is the simplest, most freely available, and medically by far the best of all possible answers. Walking is the way mankind has kept fit for purpose ever since evolutionary times. The reasons why we don’t do it enough in developed countries now is because we have made it just too easy NOT to do it. This book sets a challenge, which you can easily achieve – to walk 1,000,000 EXTRA steps between 2009 and 2013 – revolutionising your daily life, your health, and your carbon footprint.
I’m often asked when is the most beneficial time to exercise? Well personally I enjoy working out first thing in the morning. But according to leading physiologist Mike Doherty who conducted research on a group of elite swimmers, the immune system can be compromised at different times of the day – and often in the morning. However, whilst it is true to say that the immune system is often compromised in elite athletes due to their intense levels of training, it is most unlikely to occur as a result of ordinary levels of activity such as we perform in the gym or the swimming pool before work in the morning.
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The Actual Rate of Decline is faster than the Best Possible Rate of Decline, that is the rate of decline due solely to the ageing process and the difference between the two is the Fitness Gap. Both the point at which physical decline starts, and the rate at which it proceeds is for the first few decades determined by loss of fitness, and loss of fitness is determined by social factors, namely by the decisions people make about their life and the pressures which influence them decreases