Have a Hard Time Committing to the Gym? Well, WALKING is the Answer for You!

Have a Hard Time Committing to the Gym? Well, WALKING is the Answer for You!

Many people believe that the best way to keep yourself fit and healthy is to go to a gym. However, research suggests that walking is better than the gym to achieve the best results for overall fitness.

Does looking at muscled and fit folks at the gym unnerve you? Or are you one of those who fail to commit to gyms?

To those who hate gyms or just can’t make it, pull your socks up and get walking!

“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.”

–Thomas Jefferson

Here are a few reasons why you should start walking instead of the gym:


  1. Save Money

Walking is free and you don’t need to sign up for any gym memberships to do it! Gym memberships in Abu Dhabi cost around 300-400 AED per month apart from the extra travel costs. While there are options of lower budget and free community gyms, you will need to workout under the guidance of a professional gym trainer for best results. On the other hand, walking, specifically brisk walking, can help you achieve the effects of an intensive workout at no cost!

  1. No Excuses

Since walking gives you the freedom to decide when and where to go, new and changed walking routes keep you excited. You don’t need to worry about getting to a gym or its timings anymore. No more excuses as walking can be so much fun! (Read 10 Things to Do while Walking in Abu Dhabi)


  1. Added Health Benefits

Research suggests that brisk walking works just like an intensive workout in the gym to aid weight loss. Furthermore, it helps maintain your blood and sugar levels and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Additionally, walking helps maintain your cholesterol levels which is essential for keeping your heart healthy. It can also reduce the risk of an attack and other heart related diseases. Fresh air and improved positive energy will boost the health of your heart too.


  1. The best recovery workout

Rest is a must after being sick or following a surgery. However, doctors recommend to gradually reintroduce physical activity to your daily routine to speed up recovery. Being the most natural type of movement for the human body, walking is mostly recommended to begin with. A low intensity walk is also the best cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women. In case your doctor has advised you to cut down on physical activities, stay assured that you can still continue walking. Go for a walk and enjoy the fresh air, but ask your doctor first!


  1. No Pressure

There’s a lot of pressure around gyming: signing up for the best gym, knowing how to use all the equipment, comparing your achievements next to a muscled person in the gym, etc. You don’t need to be hard on yourself or compare your efforts with others like in the gym. Exercise should be relaxing and walking gives you an excellent alternative without all these added pressures.


  1. Personal Healing

Walking gives you a great opportunity to spend some personal time and refresh your mind. It also helps people suffering from mental health ailments, stress issues and depression by improving their mood and boosting their energy levels. (Read Walk It Off and Win the Battle Against Anxiety)


  1. Enjoy the nature!

If you like to walk, you don’t have to spend any more time in the sweat-land! Walking takes you away from it and lets you enjoy the nature and fresh air.


To achieve the best possible fitness, complement your walks and exercises with a healthy diet and lots of water. If you like the gym, you can split your workout routine between walking and the gym. After all, there’s a lot to appreciate about walking!