Are there any Health Benefits of Walking?

Sooo, walking?- (confused face followed by lighthearted chuckle), am I right? (I know. It’s a hack comedian line but still a keeper). Have you ever thought about starting a workout regimen and wanting to go as easy or light as possible? Of course not you, you hard worker you! I mean other people who want to make an easy go of it. Do you know any of those types? Well I see them online often asking questions about simply walking. Can I just walk they’ll ask. Many say “No! Walking isn’t exercise”, or Black Girl Walking Infinity“Real exercise involves heavy sweating, racing heartbeats and of course weights”…right? Well not necessarily. Walking isn’t useless at all in the grand scheme of things. It’s something that most of us able bodied people do pretty regularly in day to day life, but it could be SO much more.

Benefits of Walking for Health and Fitness

Just regular daily brisk walking can have positive effects including:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Can prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles
  • Improving your mood
  • Improving your balance and coordination.1
  • How to Increase the Benefits of Walking

    This all sounds great and is definitely going to be beneficial for you if you aren’t exercising at all. If you, however, want to up your walking game and/or give it a kick in the butt here are a few things you can try.

  • Speed it up a little. Walking at a moderate pace (not slugging along and not jogging) will really get you in the game. Your heartrate will increase and will increase fat burning ability.
    Make that a “brisk” walk and incorporate your arms and you’ll get even more out of your walks.
  • Add some POWER! Grab yourself a self of dumbbells and take them with you on your walk. You can simply hold them while incorporating your arms in a speed walk and make your workout 5 times more effective than just regular walking. (Choose weights that aren’t too heavy- maybe 3lbs for long walks or beginners).
  • Toss in some extras. You can add in body weight exercises or other cardio exercises while walking. Try counting your steps up to 20 and then do 20 body weight squats or jumping jacks. When you’re done go back to walking. If you need longer time to rest then count out 30-50 steps in between. The more body parts included the more health benefits you’ll gain.
    Did this get you excited about walking? Wanna give it a try? Let us know down in the comments and don’t forget to share any extras that you toss in to jazz up your walk. We wanna know.

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