We all have been told that walking is great for our health. But what are those reasons walking is so amazing for us? Well, let’s look into some of the specific benefits that walking can do for us.
Walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States. Physical activity does not have to be complicated to be beneficial. Walking is the most accessible and affordable type of physical activity since most people have an area they can walk in their neighborhood and, unless you need a better pair of tennis shoes, walking is free!
Benefits of Walking
- Prevention of: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improves cardiovascular fitness and muscle endurance
- Improves mood, cognition, memory, and sleep
- Increase your energy levels
- Improve your balance and coordination
- Reduce stress and tension in your life
Want to start walking daily? Here are a few tips to get started!
Set a realistic goal:
Based on your fitness level and mobility, decide how often and how far you can go. Maybe it’s 3 times per week for 15 minutes to start.
Plan it out:
On a calendar, put the days you are going for a walk and where you will be walking.
Have proper footwear:
Either invest in a new pair of walking shoes or use the best ones you have. You want them to have support, comfort, and shock absorption.
Make your walk enjoyable:
Ask a friend to join you or listen to a podcast you enjoy or some of your favorite music!
Walking can be a game-changer when it comes to your health. It is recommended that adults get 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week. Start small and add on the minutes and distance as you get stronger. No matter how small your progress may be, it is still progress!
Want to get started with a walking challenge? Check out the “Walkabout Eau Claire” challenge going on now! You can find more information and register here.