Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise there is and you know what most people aren't walking! I always tell everybody that ask for fitness advice just start off with walking because It’s free, requires no special equipment, and most people can get started immediately. Walking can help you lose weight, strengthen your heart, and relieve stress. Most importantly, it’s a convenient way to exercise. You can walk anywhere. And it’s easy to squeeze a walk into the busiest of days. All it takes is 30 minutes a day to start seeing benefits so try to aim for that or at least 6000-10000+ steps per day. What I do is start off my morning with a walk and then in the late afternoon go for another walk. For me I like walking outside compared to a treadmill, because I get all the health benefits from the outside environment like sunshine.
Benefits Of Walking
1) Walking improves your health
Among other advantages, a walking routine can aid in weight loss, blood pressure and cholesterol reduction, and risk reduction for diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. According to Harvard Medical School's "Walking for Health" special study, walking is the single most effective way to prevent disease and treat other health issues. For instance, walking for little under 22 minutes each day, or 2.5 hours per week, can significantly lower your chance of developing heart disease by 33%.
2) It boosts your mood and lowers stress
Walking can help your mental health. Studies show it can help reduce anxiety, depression, and a negative mood. It can also boost self-esteem and reduce symptoms of social withdrawal.
3) It's a workout
You can strengthen your muscles, bones and joints. Your leg and abdominal muscles get a workout when you walk. Walking is a weight-bearing workout, which is wonderful for enhancing bone strength, thus it also benefits your bones. Additionally, because your joints don't have a direct blood supply, walking helps to get oxygen and nutrients into the cartilage there.
Walking may help clear your head and help you think creatively. A study that included four experiments compared people trying to think of new ideas while they were walking or sitting. Researchers found participants did better while walking, particularly while walking outdoors. The researchers concluded that walking opens up a free flow of ideas and is a simple way to increase creativity and get physical activity at the same time.
And while I can go on with all the health benefits of walking. Walking can fulfill daily recommended exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. So go outside and get your walk in today!!