Getting into shape doesn’t mean you have to spend hours at the gym or have to train for a 5K. It just means that you’re ready to commit to a healthier lifestyle and get moving! For those who are barely getting active or have taken some time off from their previous fitness journey, I’ve got some wonderful news for you: you can get in shape by simply walking – fast or slow!
Walking is wonderful exercise that provides plenty of benefits, which is why doctors everywhere recommend it for all their patients, no matter their ages. The general rule of a healthy life is that you need to be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day to get your heart rate up and now you can easily take a brisk stroll around the neighborhood than have to drag yourself to a treadmill at a local gym. Here are a few reasons why brisk walks are beneficial:
Easier On Your Joints
Running can really take a toll on your body, especially your joints. So if you have bad knees, running is not recommended. Walking, even brisk walks are easy on your joints and body. You won’t have the same risks for an injury as runners do, but still get the benefits!
Strengthens Your Heart And Lungs
Regular waking is a great exercise that strengthens your heart and lungs, thus increasing your overall fitness. Like running, it improves your body’s cardiovascular system and boosts circulation, without much strain on your respiratory organs.
Helps You Lose Weight
Cardio is the key to shedding unwanted pounds and by keeping a brisk pace at a high or moderate intensity, you’ll be able to burn almost as many calories as you would if you were running or jogging. And like running, you can easily do interval training with your walks, going fast and hard for a few minutes, before slowing down to a regular walk for a while and then starting all over again.
Things to keep in mind:
To get the most from your brisk walk, you’ll have to pay attention to form. Your head should be up and you should look forward and not at the ground. Make sure that your shoulders, neck and back are relaxed and not too stiff. For brisk walks, you’ll want to swing your arms at your sides and tuck in your stomach muscles as tight as you can to work on your core. A smooth walk has your foot rolling from heel to toe, too. Hence, with that said, if you can’t run—brisk-walk-it! Happy walking folks!