It’s known that walking is good for our health, but let’s destroy a myth: it doesn’t always make slim. t depends, above all, on our physical condition and on our daily habits, and also on how long and at what speed and slope we walk.
If we’re trained, walking, for us, will have reduced benefits, since we are used to greater efforts; It will make a difference if, instead, we have a sedentary lifestyle and we are overweight: so it could definetely represent a good starting of workout that, after, will have to be modified to stimulate more the muscles with an increase of slope, speed and the adding of targeted exercises.
Since for the human being walking is a natural activity, our body is predisposed to waste as less energiy as possible, and consequently, the burnt calories without any slope and with reduced speed, are relatively a few. In order to consider it as a workout, we need to gradually increase the effort until bordering on a run or walk in the mountain where ascents and descents represent an efficient toning exercise.
In every case, anyway, walking, even if slowly, and so not concerning a sportive workout, has loads of benefits: it relaxes the muscles – especially if we suffer from back pain, it helps to relieve the pain caused by muscle rigidity – trains the heart, increases the immune system and reinforces the bones.
If we live in the city, it’s clearly better to go for a walk in the park, but going on foot is very useful to lose the bad habit of always taking the car. Car is not an efficient way to breathe less smog: first of all we become ourselves the authors of the air pollution and, moreover, already several studies have revealed a strong presence of fine dust also inside the cars, especially in conditions of heavy traffic. Someone has got to start setting a good example, only in this way walking could become a spread way of life and giving as a result, cities a little more livable.
Having said that, a walk between the green has no equal, we breathe air qualitatively healthier, we improve our mood and get rid of the thoughts of the busy life to which we are used to.
Have you ever wondered why does Nature have such a relaxing effect on our psyche?
Kandinsky, painter and founder of the abstractionism, that lived between the 19th and the 20th Century, made a long study on colors, dictated by the wish to know their inner significance. According to Kandinsky, colors dialogue directly with the soul and each of them produce a different reaction in us. Warm colors move from the surface to who look, while the cools move away from who look. Yellow, the warm color par excellence, that excites Man making him restless, is hard to look at for too long. Blue, cool color, on the contrary of yellow, gives a sense of quiet and deepness and, moving away from the viewer, it recalls him towards the infinite. Mixing these two colors, diametrically opposed, we obtain the green, that is a motionless color: the movements of the yellow and of the blue neutralize each other and quiet arises.
“Green doesn’t move in any direction and doesn’t have any shade of joy, sadness, passion, doesn’t wish anything, doesn’t aim to anything. It’s a motionless element, satisfied with itself, limited in all the directions”, said Kandinsky. Walking among the green, so, immobilizes thoughts and emotions, everything stops, generating in us a sense of absolute peace and fulfillment. Nature helps us to appease the continuous movement of the various colors that create an emotional roller coaster, making us feel, after a while, this sensation of exhaustion and stun to which we usually answer with a strong need to unplug from everything and having a break.