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Do not push much to meet your walking goal; Know the harmful effects of overwalking

by Shatakshi Gupta

With increasing awareness, people are becoming health conscious. Besides, the fitness tracking devices put a goal-oriented incentive to motivate us for working out. Nowadays, people monitor their heart rate, calories burned, and steps. People like to monitor their daily progress. While monitoring the daily fitness strides, however, people sometimes get over-enthusiastic for their fitness. People always try to attain the daily steps goal set by their friends or suggested by any App. This daily goal of walking can not be the same for everyone and people must understand how much walking is healthy for them. In this article, we will understand how overwalking is harmful to health.

 Know Pros and Cons:

 Walking burns calories. The body remains active and problems like obesity are also checked. This is the basic reason why people wear fitness bands, which every day encourage us to reach the set goal and make new targets.

However, one scale doesn’t fit all and there are many diseases related to the heart, in which it is forbidden to walk too much. Apart from this, excessive walking in high blood pressure, neurological conditions, lung fibrosis, and bone-related problems can further damage health.

According to the University of Massachusetts, walking 6000-8000 steps daily is enough for people over the age of 60. To keep yourself fit, it is not necessary to walk 10,000 steps every day.

Associated risks:

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  • During walking, the muscles of the same spot are repeatedly stressed. In such a situation, the pain of any old injury around that muscle can start again. 
  • Apart from this, due to continuous walking, more pressure is exerted on the knee and heel joint, due to which fresh problems related to bones can start. 
  • Problems like swelling, pain, joint pain, lower back pain in muscles can also start due to excessive walking.
  • People who have had a heart attack, whose heart rate is abnormal (arrhythmia), dilated cardiomyopathy, brain stroke, or have ever had paralysis should avoid walking too much.

How should we set our walking goal?

  • Do not walk excessively that it becomes the reason for the fatigue of the whole day.
  • Take care of the body posture during the walk, otherwise, the body will be ached.
  • Wear good and comfortable shoes during the walk, and avoid walking in slippers.
  • Moreover, it is better to walk at any fixed time in a day.
  • Lastly, without consulting a doctor, setting a target on your own and walking every day can cause many problems.

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