There are countless different forms of exercise such as cycling, kickboxing, yoga, CrossFit, Zuu workouts and so many more. When it comes to choosing a type of exercise to stay active, most people think of popular and fancy workouts like Zumba, P90X, etc.
Nary a thought is given to walking as a form of exercise. It is relegated to being an activity that is reserved for senior citizens. However, there are many health benefits that can be gained from walking daily.
It’s one of the best exercises on the planet and our bodies have evolved over centuries to benefit from regular walks.
Walking is a low-impact activity that won’t wear out your joints. Unlike running, kickboxing or other high-impact activities that can make your joints ache, walking is a lot more forgiving on your body.
It’s a low-intensity exercise that will not tax your central nervous system like CrossFit or some of the more vigorous forms of exercise. With high-intensity interval training (HIIT), you may need to take a one-day break after every workout because of the demands it places on your body. Walking is much more relaxing in comparison and can be done daily.
Walking can be applied to many different areas in your life. You could easily walk to the mall and back if it’s within walking distance. Driving to work? Park your car a block away and walk to your office. The more you walk, the better.
Thousands of people wear Fitbits to track the number of steps they take daily. You’d easily meet your daily quota if you walked for 30 to 45 minutes a day.
Walking may seem like a humble exercise but it can help you lose the pounds if you’re consistent. Going for a 30 to 45-minute walk daily on an empty stomach will help your body tap into its fat stores for fuel because its low on glycogen.
This is a very effective way to lose weight. Thousands of people shirk exercise because they fear the exertion and exhaustion involved.
Walking is easy enough to do and will still help you achieve weight loss. It may take longer than the rigorous training methods, but you’ll still get there in time to come.
Walking will help you to relieve stress. This is especially true if you walk in a park or some picturesque setting. Walking allows you time to calm yourself and get in touch with your thoughts.
You do not need to focus on good form or train to failure like you would with resistance training. Walking is a natural form of movement and therapeutic to your soul.
Besides the benefits mentioned above, walking will also aid in digestion and improve your blood circulation. It will improve your cardiovascular strength and boost your immune system.
If you walk in the sun, you’ll get your daily dose of vitamin D. Thousands of people are deficient in vitamin D and it causes them to feel lethargic and depressed. Walking will lift your moods by ensuring that you get natural vitamin D in your system.
By now you’ll realize that walking is an activity that’s so useful it cannot be neglected. Even if you focus most of your training on hardcore activities like HIIT or weight lifting, on your off days, you can have an active rest day.
What that means is that you can go for a 30-minute walk and call it a day. The walking will help to soothe sore muscles because of the increased blood circulation, and it’s also light enough to not tax your body but still burn a few calories so that it’s easier to stay lean and fit.
Make walking a part of your lifestyle and enjoy all the benefits it brings. It’s free, easy and you’ve done it since you were born. Your body wants to walk. Let it do so.
“Walking is man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates