Dubai, UAE: With more than 60 per cent of the UAE population considered overweight or obese, a walking-friendly society could prove the easiest method of bringing those numbers down.
Walking is low intensity, a great way to burn fat, low impact, so easy on the joints, and it is also free.
Dr G Y Naroo, a consultant in emergency medicine at Rashid Hospital, near Dubai Creek, said regular walking was the perfect antidote for obesity.
“People will have their own ideas about exercise and how to lose weight, but walking is an excellent way to do that,” he said.
“It is a better fat-burning exercise than running for the common man because a brisk walk gets people to work at 65 per cent of their maximum heart rate, the perfect level to lose fat.
“It is also a low-impact sport, so it’s better for the knees, ankles and joints.
“Walking can be a very good way to help prevent chronic illnesses such as hypertension and heart disease. Not only does it stimulate the oxygen supply in the blood but walking is very good for the mind, body and soul. Getting outside helps with psychological well-being.
“To someone without any chronic medical conditions who just wants to get active or lose weight, I would recommend 45 minutes of brisk walking four or five days a week. If they can then double that time on a weekend they will see a big difference to their health.
“Every six weeks, the length of time walked every day should be increased by five to 10 minutes.
“For someone with hypertension or heart disease, or maybe someone who is over 50 and starting to exercise for the first time, I would suggest starting to walk for a maximum of 20 minutes a day, then gradually increase that time every six weeks.
“They will notice a big difference to their health.”
© The NationalFeb 2015