Walking For Health: 5 Reasons Why You Should Walk Daily

| May 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Walking For Health

When most people think of exercise, they envisage sweaty bodies clad in lycra!

To be honest, 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 the popular and fancy workouts like Zumba, P90X, etc.

Hardly any 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, and here are 5 very good reasons why you should dust off your trainers and get walking today.

Low Impact

Walking For Health

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.

Many joggers suffer from knee problems after years of pounding the streets, but this won’t happen when you go for a walk.

This may sound like a simple benefit, but don’t be misled.

So many fitness enthusiasts push their bodies to the max and end up with injuries that may take a long time to heal, or could be with them for life. This won’t happen with walking.

Low Intensity

Benefits Of Walking For Health

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.

But, you can also go for a brisk walk to get the heart rate going. Just going for a gentle stroll is ok, but push yourself to get the heart beating to get the most benefits from your walk.

 

It’s surprising how strenuous you can make walking if you want to; look at soldiers and their forced marches! They are very different from a normal walk but are great for fitness and you can add a bit of weight by wearing a rucksack if you wish.

It’s Easy!

Walking For Health Benefits

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.

Taking the lift? No, go and take the stairs if you can.

At lunchtime, don’t just slump at your desk munching on a limp sandwich. Get outside and go for a brisk walk. Not only is this good for you, it will leave you feeling energised for the afternoon. 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.

Make it a part of your daily routine and you will see how easy it is to fit into your busy lifestyle and you will soon love your daily strolls.

Helps With Weight Management

Benefits Of Walking For Health

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.

And as stated earlier in point number 2, you can walk very briskly to increase heart rate, add weight by wearing a rucksack and/or go up hills to make the walk more stenuous to burn more calories. The options are endless!

A Great Stress Reliever

Walking For Health

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.

While walking, you can listen to uplifting music, insirational podcasts etc. but sometimes it is just good to listen to the sounds of nature themselves to give your mood an instant boost. Who isn’t charmed and uplifted by birdsong?

By now you’ll hopefully 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 doing it since you were born. Your body wants to walk. Let it do so.

And it is an activity that you can easily enjoy with friends if you wish. We are social animals, so sharing a walk will be a great way to forge better relationships, and if you are being a bit more strenuous, then there is nothing like a bit of healthy competition to spur you on that bit more.

So, drag out your trainers and hit the streets and hills. I assure you, you’ll love it.

“Walking is a man’s best medicine.” – Hippocrates

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I’m just an average guy who spent 15 years in the Armed Services, and when about to leave thought “Hmmm, what the heck am I going to do now?!?” Being an ex-serviceman I have always had a passion for health and fitness and wanted to help others reach their goals. I have 4 wonderful daughters (hence my lack of hair) and they are my reason “why” I do this. I wanted to have lots of energy to make the most of my family time, especially when the kids are young and making you run around like a lunatic!!! I've managed to keep myself in good shape all my life and it is never too late to start. But you have got to believe in yourself, a LOT!!!! And that’s where I come in. I can help you overcome your doubts and show you how to look after yourself physically and mentally so you can have the physical energy to be able to enjoy all the free time with your friends and family. I guess that about wraps it up; I hope the site helps you in some small way in your health and fitness and personal development journey.

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