Hi, friends! I have a question for you. How many of you are walkers? And when I say walker, I mean someone who choses to walk for exercise purposes, even if it’s just once a week. The reason I ask is because I feel like many people dismiss the power of walking. I never really hear anyone talk/blog about how they exercise by walking – it’s always running, spinning, etc. I think we (and yes, I am including myself because my preferred form of cardio is running) tend to forget that walking is actually great for the body and mind. I know my parents would agree (they go walking for at least 45 minutes 5 times a week). In fact, I walked for an hour this evening, and it felt great!
I know what a lot of you reading this are thinking. “Parita, walking is great and all, but I want to burn calories, get my heart rate up, sweat, etc.” I get that, trust me, I do. I love super sweaty, heart-pumping workouts too, but hear me out. All I’m trying to say is that walking is a completely acceptable form of exercise…even if a secondary or backup choice.
Look at what all walking can accomplish for you…
- Walking can raise your metabolism for up to 12 hours after just two miles.
- Walking improves circulation of blood and other key body fluids, which in turn improves your immune system.
- Walking massages your internal organs (think constipation). Because walking engages so many different muscles your respiratory demands increase, which keeps your internal organs mobile and healthy.
- Walking lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol and raises HDL (good) cholesterol.
- Walking can lower blood pressure.
- Walking can reduce your risk of or help you manage type 2 diabetes.
- Walking is easier on your joints than running.
- Walking just a couple of miles a day improves mental clarity and emotional and spiritual well-being.
- Walking is FREE!!!! No expensive gym memberships needed!
And these are just a few benefits of walking…the list really could go on forever.
And just like any other exercise, walking requires proper form and technique…
I’m not giving up running any time soon (especially with half marathon training starting tomorrow…eek!), but I’ll definitely think twice before I dismiss the power of walking!
Are you a walker? Do you see the benefit in walking?
Have a great night!