What’s Not to Love About Walking?

Walking for fitness is something we often take for granted.  It’s something we learned to do as babies, and most of us can do it.  Despite its simplicity, walking is an exercise you should add to your workout regimen.  It doesn’t matter if you’re new to fitness or training for twentieth Ironman (or attempting to shake a rut), walking benefits everyone.  Walking, even a few minutes a day, can change your mood and improve your heart health.

Why Take Up Walking?

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Most studies show that walking for at least 30 minutes each day has tremendous benefits for our health.  Even if you can’t get out for 30 minutes at a time, you can always break that time up throughout the day. Now that I’ve mentioned that walking is great for everyone, let’s find out why.

  • Improved Mood:  A short walk, even a short one, can clear your mind.  A few minutes of exercise, especially outside, can change your outlook from a bad day to a great one.
  • Increase Creativity:  Mild exercise can stimulate the brain to and increase inspiration.
  • Weight Loss:  The obvious benefit here is that regular exercise and contributes to weight loss.  Obviously while keeping your food intake under control.
  • Improved Heart Health:  Daily walks can improve blood pressure and reduce your risk of coronary disease.
  • Recovery:  Since it’s low impact, walking can help during recovery from injuries
  • Help Balance:  Regular walks help increase lower-body strength, increasing balance.
  • Reduce PMS Symptoms:  Although it may not be the first thing you want to do, taking a walk help reduce menstrual cramps.
  • Socialize:  Daily walks are good opportunities to make new friends or strengthen existing ones.  Be open and you just might make a new friend!

How often do you go for a walk?  Do you go solo?  I’m a sucker for a daily walk to the beach!  I mean…Have you seen my IG feed lately?

10 comments to What’s Not to Love About Walking?

  • Dani  says:

    Walking is like the easybutton workout for me. We walk as a family on the weekends and I find myself really looking forward to it during the week. I like a good beach walk myself.

    • Yokasta  says:

      That’s awesome!! Family walks are great! It’s a time for some good conversations.

  • Kirsten  says:

    I hate walkingggg…lol I think it’s so boring but I know it’s got a ton of benefits. If I do walk, I usually do the in home tapes which i really enjoy. Plus when i add my own music, it’s really fun!

    • Yokasta  says:

      At least you’re getting it in. I’ve heard great things about the walking tapes. Leslie Sansone, right?

  • Jhéanell  says:

    This is what I need to do, just walk. My neighborhood is so boring to look at. I gotta make sure I have some good music to zone out to.

    • Yokasta  says:

      Yes, just get out there and zone out. Podcasts and audiobooks are also great for zoning out.

  • Patranila  says:

    I walk/run for most of my workouts with lots more walking than running though! My knees like the walking so much better too.

    • Yokasta  says:

      Walking is most definitely knee-friendly.

  • Bianca Dottin  says:

    I am absolutely not active at all but I love a good walk. The added benefits are a plus too. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Yokasta  says:

      Walk are great! It’s like sneaking in a workout.

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