What is the best time to walk each day? | Fitness news

In the pursuit of a healthier lifestyle, the debate between morning and evening walks often takes center stage. But here’s the truth: there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The best time for your daily walk depends on your unique schedule and lifestyle, making your decision less about the watch and more about the fit wellness seamlessly into your day.

Miten Kakaya, fitness trainer and founder of Miten Says Fitness, emphasized that just like High intensity interval training (HIIT) may not be the universal key to long term health, timing your walks has no definitive right or wrong. “It’s about incorporating a useful activity without adding stress to your routine,” he told indianexpress.com.

Walking, a low-impact exercise, can be seamlessly integrated into your daily routine without straining your already hectic schedule. The key is to choose a time that suits your lifestyle, whether it’s the brisk morning air or the soothing evening breeze. Kakaiya stressed the importance of avoiding the extreme stress that can be caused by stiffness fitness regimes, as it can affect not only your physical health, but also your mental well-being and your relationship with your body. “Therefore, the time of day for your walks should complement, not complicate, your life,” Kakaya said.

Walking barefoot, as well as where possible, provides sensory integration for adults and children. Furthermore, children develop a good arch if you have more opportunities to walk barefoot and let the gravity sensors in the feet teach the child good, balanced stride and posture, explained Dr. Karthiyayini, director, wellness and well-being at Columbia Pacific Communities.

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According to Dr. Karthiyayini, our body clock works according to the circadian rhythm, which requires more muscle strength for any activities after 2:30 p.m. “Then our body clock works well for better coordination and better responsiveness and by 5pm we are at our best cardiovascular efficiency and muscle strength,” said Dr Karthiyayini.

She explained that our physiology supports walking in the evening, which is better and requires less effort. “But environmental pollution makes it difficult because of the highly polluted air later in the day. As pollutants settle at night, there is less pollution in the early morning, making walking in the morning more beneficial than walking in the evening,” said Dr Karthiyayini.

To break away from morning vs. evening puzzle, Kakaiya suggested looking at walking as a continuous activity spread throughout the day. “This approach not only ensures you’re burning calories consistently, but it also helps you manage your weight more effectively. By increasing your daily step count, you reduce your risk of all-cause mortality, promoting overall health,” Kakaya said.

What are some factors to consider before an elderly person starts walking?

Age is an important criterion where any existing co-morbidities in their health can be an obstacle. For example, if someone has high blood pressure (BP), there is a physiological rise in BP in the early morning hours, so the individual should not walk too early, especially if their BP is not regulated, said Dr Karthiyayini.

In winter, people with high blood pressure should avoid early morning walks. “Elderly it should only come out when the climate is not too cold. Therefore, it is better to start your morning walk after 8am to take advantage of the morning sunlight, and evening walks should happen around 4:00pm to 4:30pm to get the most beneficial dose of vitamin Dadded Dr. Karthiyayini.

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First uploaded to: 30-12-2023 at 09:30 IST

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