Walking: The Most Underrated Exercise

While it is generally accepted that walking is a good complementary option to get your body moving, it is rarely considered to be an alternative to most other physical activities. Many feel that walking is just a mundane activity and if one really wants to burn some calories, running or hitting the gym is the best option to head to. Well, while running and the gym have their merits, walking can be just as good a workout if not better.

 

Here are a few facts that are sure to catch your attention:

  1. A meta-analysis (2006), conducted by Murphy, Nevill, Murtagh and Holder, on the impact of walking interventions on certain cardiovascular ailments concluded that individuals who started regular brisk walking had reduced body weight, BMI, body fat percentage and that the exercise also improved their health conditions preventing many risk factors of heart diseases.

 

  1. Another experiment (Harvard University, 2007) on the impact of moderate intensity physical activity, such as walking, on risk factors of type 2 diabetes concluded that regular brisk walking can significantly reduce the possibility of type 2 diabetes.

 

  1. A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress (2015) on the effect of daily moderate exercise on a sample population of 69 people, about 30-60 years of age, concluded that daily brisk walking for just 25 minutes can add up to seven years of life and delay the aging process of your body.

 

Walking: A Holistic Approach

Walking is advocated by many health experts and athletes as one of the best exercises to improve fitness, heart’s health, and your mood. It is also one of the great tools to work on your weight loss. A research carried out by National Walkers’ Health Study found that regular walking can help reduce high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart diseases.

Walking is an effective way to torch your calories. Depending on a person’s weight, a 30 minute walk, even at a normal pace, can burn about 60-90 calories. Walking is also suitable for people with joint issues or obesity as it does not put heavy pressure on your knees.

Walking is great for your mental health too! A simple walk in a park can boost your energy levels as the increased oxygen in the green spaces helps you focus on positive thoughts. Furthermore, if you love to socialize, use your walks as an opportunity to spend some quality time with your friends or relatives. Unlike while running, you can hold a good conversation without compromising on the intensity of your walks.

 

It’s Free and Convenient!

One of walking’s greatest benefits is that it doesn’t have any added costs or subscription prices and that you are not bound by any timings. You just need to buy a good pair of walking shoes and you are all set to go! You can head out for a walk whenever convenient and you can also choose any location you wish. In fact, every walk can take you to new places. Walking is approachable, easy, and completely personalized. Walking should be a highly rated exercise because all you need to do is choose when you want to go, for how long and where; and the rest just falls in place.