You walk every day. You walk to your car, you walk to your kitchen and maybe you walk your dog.
It’s as natural as eating or sleeping, and you’ve probably been walking for a few decades. So it might surprise you to learn that this fundamental way of moving around is actually quite good for your health and wellbeing.
There are an abundance of mental, physical, and emotional benefits to walking. In fact, walking has been shown to improve sleep, treat depression, and to reverse chronic health conditions like type 2 diabetes.
10,000 steps and beyond
It takes around ten minutes to walk 1000 steps. Doctors recommend about 10,000 steps a day, which is the equivalent of about 100 minutes of exercise. Once you’ve achieved the 10,000 steps a day, you can increase the intensity, steps, and other exercises into your day so that you continue improving your health and fitness.
The great thing about walking
What’s uniquely wonderful about walking is that most everyone can do it. You don’t need any special skills to walk. Fancy and expensive equipment isn’t required. You can be in terrible health or good health and walk. People all ages and abilities can benefit from walking.
You don’t even have to go outside to walk. A simple walking treadmill can help you exercise while you work, watch television, or keep an eye on young children.
All at once or in small bites
Walking is also a fitness activity that can be enjoyed on a schedule that fits your needs. For example, if you have time to go for an hour long walk in the morning, great. If you don’t have time for that, you can break your walks up into ten or fifteen minute increments. Take a short walk in the morning, at lunch, and in the early evening.
Because it’s an easy activity to engage in that doesn’t require a trip to the gym or specialty equipment, you can fit it into your life more easily. And let’s face it – it’s a lot easier to talk yourself into taking a walk than it might be to head to the gym.
The health benefits will motivate you to start walking…
The mental and emotional benefits will keep you motivated. Walking benefits your mind, body, and emotions. After a week or so, you’ll be hooked.
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