A daily brisk walk reduces depression, improves sleep


A daily brisk walk for at least 30 minutes reduces depression, boosts self-esteem and improves sleep. According to psychiatrists, a daily brisk walk for at least 30 minutes prompts the body to release hormones endorphins which reduce perception of pain and also trigger a positive feeling in the body.
This positive feeling, they say is good for over all well being of the body in general and for heart and brain in particular thus endorsing the popular saying that a healthy body has a healthy mind. Moreover, the medical experts are of the opinion that during walk inhalation of oxygen highly benefits the body specially brain and heart.
The consumption of oxygen (VO) by the body for regular functioning of its parts is essential because more the volume of oxygen consumed by the body, the more perfectly its parts work.
It merits a mention here that highly oxidative organs such as the heart has a high demand for oxygen and therefore, has a relatively high oxygen consumption. Similarly, the brain consumes about 25 percent of a person’s oxygen intake.,
It is a proven fact that although physical activity is good for staying healthy, daily walk or any other sporting activity in the open space is the best for overall health specially ones heart and brain.
Consultant physician and Chest Specialist Dr. Zaheer Ahmed told APP that a brisk walk for 30 to 45 minutes daily in a park or along roadside in the morning was best for staying healthy.
He, however, cautioned that a heart patient should go for a walk after consultation with his doctor. Symptoms of heart disease as pointed by Dr. Zaheer were: -Tiredness after walking a little bit. -A rapid heart beat after going upstairs. -Congestion in the chest or chest pain after a brisk walk.
Dr. Zaheer advised that anybody having the above mentioned symptoms should immediately consult a doctor. When asked what should be the diet to prevent from heart diseases he stressed that it should be very simple based on vegetables, fruits and fruit juices.
Dr. Zaheer said too much red meat should not be used; only once a week or once a month it should be taken. White meat and fish should be preferred. The use of salt and oil, he said, should be minimal. Here it is pertinent to quote a study according to which a French cyclist continued to chase records at the age of 105 by biking 14 around atrack in an hour. Robert Marchand completed 92 laps within an hour in front of hundreds of fans at the velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in france.

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