Think for a while about what you enjoy and don’t enjoy where exercise is concerned. You likely have a long list of things you ought to do or want to achieve. Most of us do. Is walking on that list? Perhaps exercise is, but you might have overlooked walking as a useful option. Think about it; walking is easy to integrate into your workday. You could take the stairs instead of riding the elevator, or exit the bus a few blocks away so you can walk to and from your work. Many people are quick to dismiss it as a productive form of physical activity.
Walking is a great place to begin…
Walking is easy. The best thing about walking is it is easy. You can do it anytime, anywhere, and often all that is preventing you from doing it are excuses. And what is your reason for not walking more?
Is it a lack of time? Most of us are busy, but we can all make just a little time to include walking in our day. Once you start you will become hooked: you will have begun to make exercise in its most basic form a habit.
When you consider exercise has the potential to add years to your life through disease prevention, you shouldn’t sweat the decision to make time. Put on some good music or listen to a podcast, and get out there.
Walking may not be the best way to burn calories, but… One issue many people have with walking is it is not the best way to burn calories: it is much more efficient to go for a jog or go to a cardio class.
If burning calories is all you are interested in, then maybe walking is not best for you. But if burning calories is a secondary goal, and your health is number one, then it would be to your advantage to have walking as your primary method of exercise.
Walking is sustainable. Another reason is walking is sustainable. Running for instance, while a significant activity to burn calories, is not a viable activity. Many people can run for years without seeing any serious problems. But sooner or later issues start to develop, as its very taxing on the body.
Walking, on the other hand, is a low-impact exercise that increases bone mass and has a lasting effect on bone density. Walking is less painful than high impact workouts and if done before eating helps to protect your heart from damage caused by fatty foods. And walking after a meal will help with your blood sugar control.
Start walking: most people find walking to be the most straightforward and enjoyable way to add exercise to their life.