Walking is something that we do every day. Sometimes we even complain a bit when we have to walk a little too far at one time. But the next time that you’re on the move and aren’t particularly thrilled about it, consider this: it is absolutely great for you! It’s extremely healthy, and it may just be the perfect way to get in some exercise when you’re running low on time and energy. Here’s a few more reasons…
Take some pride in that stride, because every minute that you spend walking at a moderate to brisk pace, may be extending your life. Studies show that the more you walk, the lower your blood pressure is, the less you weigh, and the better your overall health will be. Further research even suggests that regular walks can reduce your risk of breast cancer, lessen the chance of diabetes, and even significantly increase your chances of surviving a heart attack. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Walking is one thing that is easy for most of us to do that is proven to promote longevity.
Walkign Vs. Running
Most of us think that running is always much better than walking, right? Well guess what… that isn’t always the case. While running does take more energy and thus burn more calories, it isn’t always the better choice. If you are looking to drop a few extra pounds, then sure, running will probably get you there quicker. But if you are looking to lead an overall more healthful life, with less aches and pains, then a slower, more consistent pace may actually be the way to go. Walking is less strenuous on the body, so there is a significantly smaller risk for injury. 30 minutes a day is all that it takes.
The Best Way to Walk
To truly maximize the health benefits of this overlooked form of exercise, there are a few things that you can do to optimize your walk. For starters, try walking with light weights on both ankles, to give yourself more of a workout – careful, though, as too much could strain the joints. Also, be sure to warm up and cool down before and after, to ensure that your body is cared for pre and post walk – you can try stretching. To boost calorie and fat burning, walk like you’re double parked, and be sure to move as much of your body as possible. In other words, swing those hips and arms, baby!
Well, apart from the many health benefits of walking, and the fact that most of us walk daily anyway, it’s really easy to do, and it won’t cost you much. You may just need some comfy shoes. If you’re planning on supplementing your walks, then you may need to invest in some light ankle weights or a weight vest, but that’s about it. Bottom line? It’s worth putting in that half an hour each day. Get to stepping!
YOUR TURN: Do you walk daily for at least 30 minutes? Got any good walking tips? We would love to hear your thoughts. Please share your tips in the comment section below.