Many people think that running is the workout to do on the track, trail or road, but walking has many wonderful benefits, as well. It’s an alternate form of cardiovascular exercise that has been proven to be good for us, possibly even better in some ways, than strenuous running.
A brisk walk offers these advantages:
- It strengthens the heart and lungs
- It helps with weight loss (walking equal distance burns as many calories as running or jogging distance because it takes longer, but the time X calories is equal to running expenditure)
- It improves your mood (Many studies show that walking is better than anti-depressants–especially if combined with some sun and nature!) It reduces depression & stress (see above)
- It tones up muscles, especially in the lower body
- It helps prevent varicose veins, increases circulation, & strengthens bones
- It allows you to sleep better (see prior blogs on sleep)
- It promotes loss of waste products in the tissues
- It lowers the risk of injury compared to running/jogging since it’s low impact
- It supports your joints & puts less stress on your spinal discs
- It slows mental decline & can lead to a longer life
Most of all, it’s probably the easiest form of exercise to do most anywhere. Don’t worry if you don’t have a gym membership or a treadmill at home. Walking takes no special skills, no need for long practice sessions, and no other equipment other than a good pair of walking shoes.
If you are still not convinced, let me share another walking benefit…walking after a meal improves triglycerides levels and lowers blood pressure. So, what are you waiting for? Get those sitting glutes engaged & do your body some good!
Look at what you have to gain.
Until next time, live strong, be happy, and choose fit.