I am such a huge fan of walking! I’m not a runner, so the next best thing is walking. And for me walking does more than just burn calories. Walking is therapy! Walking is a stress reliever! Walking is time well spent with my family! It clears my head and boosts my spirit!
As it turns out, walking is pretty good for you too. It’s considered a low-impact exercise but the benefits are endless.
According to the Mayo Clinic, walking can help you:
-Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
-Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
-Lower your blood pressure
-Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
-Manage your weight
-Improve your mood
-Stay strong and fit
Walking is also simple. It doesn’t require a lot of skill or a lot of time. Even walking 10 minutes can be beneficial. And if you do decide to speed it up and do a brisk walk, you can reduce the risk of a heart attack the same as jogging.
Walking can also be a great way to meet friends or spend time with the friends you have. What could be better than walking for exercise and walking to catch up with friends. It’s also a great thing to do with the family. Spend 30 minutes a day on the weekend walking with your kids and you will probably teach them a valuable lesson about staying active! I do that with my kids and we really enjoy it!
As with any exercise, you should start slow. Walk a few minutes a day then increase it to 20 minutes, 30 minutes or even an hour.
Now to the good news. Walking is exercise so it does burn calories. The rule of thumb is that a 180-pound person can burn 100 calories every mile walked. And 65 calories are burned for a 120-pound person. You can easily do that once a day or a couple times a week and make a huge difference in your health.
So next weekend when you are looking for something to do with the family, simply take a walk!