Walk More to Keep Your Heart Healthy (and Happy!)

Strengthening your heart is so important, and while many may think that running and other more vigorous forms of exercise are the only way to properly do this, walking is an activity that is just as beneficial. Studies have shown that, when it comes to heart health, walking brings about many of the same advantages as other forms of exercise, and is an activity that just about everybody can easily partake in.

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The Health Benefits of Walking
A brisk walk each and every day will bring your body so many different benefits. Not only does this lower high cholesterol, as well as high blood pressure, but it also cuts down your risk of diabetes. All three of these conditions are risk factors when it comes to heart disease and stroke, meaning that making an improvement in this area will significantly boost the health of your heart. In addition to this, regular walking is able to prevent depression, protect against dementia, and reduce the risk of so many other health issues, from colon cancer to erectile dysfunction to obesity.

How Much Walking to Do Each Day
The American Heart Association recommends that adults need around 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and brisk walking can definitely be a large part of this. If you find 30 minutes quite challenging to begin with, start off with smaller, achievable goals, and built this up slowly as your fitness levels increase. Alternatively, you could split your 30 minutes of exercise a day into two or three sessions, walking for just 10 or 15 minutes each time.

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Ways to Incorporate Walking Into Your Life
There are many different ways in which you can incorporate more walking in your life, and the more that you do so, the more enjoyment you will gain from it too. Taking the dog for a walk is a great way to exercise the both of you, as is taking your children to the park every afternoon. If shopping is a passion of yours, spend more time window shopping, making a conscious effort to cover the entire mall in a certain amount of time. When it comes to being at work, simply park your car further away from your workplace than you normally would, so that you have some walking to do to get there, and always take the stairs rather than the elevator. Rather than spending your entire lunch break sat at a table, take some time to walk around outside, as you will also gain so many benefits from the fresh air.

Walking Shoes
If you have decided to make the commitment to start walking more, then a reliable pair of shoes is a must. Many of the major athletic brands out there offer shoes designed specifically for walkers, with everything from a shock absorbent sole to a roomy toe box. Before purchasing a pair, make sure to try on your walking shoes while you are wearing athletic socks, so that you will really know how well they fit.

Physical activity is a must, but if you do not tend to enjoy the more traditional forms of exercise, walking could be perfect for you. Not only will this keep your heart strong, while boosting many other parts of your body, but it is also an activity that is easy to squeeze into your day, no matter how busy you may be.

What to Wear in Mexico

Mexico is an extremely diverse country, and what you will be wearing depends largely on what you plan to be doing. However, there are a few general tips that you can always keep in mind, which is why OROGOLD has put together this handy guide on what to wear in Mexico.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Beaches
It goes without saying that no matter what your Mexico itinerary may be like, at some point or another you will find yourself on one of the country’s many beaches. A swimsuit is essential, as is a light cover up to keep your skin protected from the hot sun. If you are heading to a sandy beach, beach sandals will keep your feet from burning up, although if you are planning to visit a rockier beach with coral reefs, OROGOLD would advise that you wear sea shoes. If you plan to be taking part in water sports, it may be worth bringing your own mask and snorkel if you have one, because even though these are easy to rent, there is nothing quite like having your own mask that fits your face perfectly. You may also want to consider bringing a t-shirt to wear while you are snorkeling, so that you don’t end up with a sunburnt back.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Colonial Towns
Mexico is full of colonial towns, and most of these experience spring-like climates throughout the year. This means that it can often get chilly in the evenings, so OROGOLD would recommend wearing light layers that you can add or remove when necessary. The colonial towns are also famous for their beautifully cobbled streets, but these can be a nightmare if you are wearing the wrong shoes, so be sure to wear some good walking shoes when you know you will be exploring a certain area. The colonial towns are also home to many religious and indigenous sites, so remember to dress modestly and respectfully when visiting any of these. If you find yourself higher up in elevation, OROGOLD would suggest wearing a hat, as the mountain air can often mask the harshness of the sun’s rays.

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What to Wear to Mexico’s Cities
Once you enter a Mexican city, the clothes around you will start to seem more sophisticated. Mexican cities are extremely cosmopolitan, and this is reflected in the attire that people wear. Casual yet trendy is key for during the days, and, if you are heading for a night on the town, feel free to go all out and completely dress up. Many cities are still quite laid-back, but the outfits worn are still much more stylish than those you will find outside of the city. OROGOLD also suggests keeping a raincoat or an umbrella with you, as you don’t want to be caught by surprise during one of the brief afternoon thunderstorms.

No matter what you may choose to wear in Mexico, OROGOLD reminds you that sunscreen is absolutely essential. With the right outfit, and your skin well protected from the sun, you will be able to make the most of all that this beautifully diverse country has to offer.