Benefits to Walking
I wanted to share the benefits of walking because I feel like many of us seem to think that exercising and being physically active means going for a run every day. The truth is that anything is better than nothing, so even getting up more often for a quick stretch can help to feel more alert and get the blood flowing. That being said, it is still important to get outside and more our butts! If you aren't a runner or don't own a bike, don't worry, there is still something you can do... WALKING!
The topic of this post is a little biased because I have a strong attachment to my walks and yes: They do count as physical activity! Granted, the speed at which you walk can determine how much of a heart pumping exercise it is, but any movement is better than no movement. Let’s stop expecting everyone to pick up a high intensive workout activity, and celebrate all forms of activity, including walking. Try to stick to a regular walking schedule and push yourself so that your walking speed slowly increases (or the distance gets longer!).
According to the American Heart Association, walking can help lower your risk for:
High blood pressure
The more often you walk in week, the more health benefits you get, especially for your heart!
One of the best things about walking is you can do it anywhere and incorporate into your everyday life. Running wouldn’t be very realistic for most of us to squeeze into our daily activities because of, well, sweat. Walking to work, to lunch, or to take your dog out; this form of physical activity can be blended into your day so that you hardly notice it. Your heart will, though!
Some other benefits to walking include reducing joint pain from arthritis, especially for lower back pain! It also boosts your immune function, and we all could use a healthy immune system as flu season approaches.
If you haven’t guessed it, I love walking. The fact that it offers health benefits is a bonus for me! It helps me think clearer and feel more relaxed – can’t complain about that!
1. Walk, Don't Run, Your Way to a Healthy Heart. http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/PhysicalActivity/Walking/Walk-Dont-Run-Your-Way-to-a-Healthy-Heart_UCM_452926_Article.jsp#.WcV9xRNSxE4. Accessed September 22, 2017.
2.Publishing HH. 5 surprising benefits of walking. Harvard Health. https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/5-surprising-benefits-of-walking. Accessed September 22, 2017.