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Why Walk?

Five reasons you should walk for exercise.

It’s as simple as putting one leg in front of the other. You may not think of walking as a way to get in shape, lose weight, and protect your heart, but it’s actually one of the best exercises you can do. Unless you’ve got a condition that affects your legs and make walking impossible, then there’s no excuse why you can’t walk. While walking may seem boring or tedious to some people, it’s definitely a great place to start getting in shape and maintaining your good health.

Read on to learn five reasons you should walk for your daily exercise.

Easy on Joints

Running may burn more calories in less time, but it’s also tough on your joints. The repeated pounding of your feet on a hard surface can worsen joint pain. Because of this, someone who already deals with painful knees should avoid running. Walking, on the other hand, is generally safe for people with arthritis and other joint conditions. That said, anyone with ankle, knee, or hip problems should talk with their doctor before beginning a walking routine.

Great for Beginners

Out of shape, overweight, and not sure where to begin? Then walking is for you. If you’re new to the world of fitness and want to get in shape, walking is a great place to start. It’s a workout that can easily be tailored to your fitness needs because you can go fast or slow, a far distance or short, for whatever amount of time you want. As you begin, making it to the mailbox and back may be your limit. Each week increase the intensity by adding time or speed to your walking routine.
In many cases, walking is the springboard to an active lifestyle. Once you’ve made walking a regular part of your routine, you can move on to other fitness goals with confidence and ability.

Health Rewards

One of the best reasons to take up walking is the array of health benefits it offers. Like other physical activity, walking gets you in shape, aids in weight loss, and improves circulation. Walking is also associated with a reduced risk of diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other diseases.

And it’s not just physical health that is affected by walking. It also has the power to improve your mental health as well. A workout routine that includes walking is known to reduce depression, help manage stress, and improve your mood. Walking with a friend is a great way to connect and avoid loneliness. Walking outside exposes you to sunlight for some much-needed vitamin D and to fresh air for a boost in energy.

Burns Calories

Walking is a proven way to lose weight, strengthen muscle, and increase your metabolism. A 200-pound person can expect to burn 150 calories walking at a brisk pace for half an hour. Get more out of your walks and burn more calories by adding hills, increasing the pace, or alternating intervals of fast-paced walking with slower paced.

It’s Simple

Rich and poor, young and old, male and female can all reap the benefits of walking. There’s no expensive equipment required—only comfortable, supportive walking shoes. People at any age or stage in life can walk for exercise. When walking is an option, you have no excuse not to exercise. Once you’re walking on a regular basis, those trips to work with your trainer will also become a bit easier. So what are you waiting for? Get walking!