Walking Your Way Into Better Health

There are endless ways to get exercise. So many, in fact, it can be overwhelming. There’s pilates, yoga, weight training, boxing, karate...the list goes on. Sometimes, a simple routine walk is all your body needs! 

The Signs of a Good Workout 

How do you know if you’re getting “good” exercise? There are a few signs to look for. 

  1. A good night’s sleep 
  2. Increased appetite 
  3. Increased energy 
  4. Muscle fatigue 

What happens to our bodies when we walk regularly? In order to see benefits from a regular walking routine, it’s important that your walks are somewhat lengthy (at least 30 min. a day) and that you consider your technique. For example, posture is important and so is your speed. Think “speed walk.” 

Regular, brisk walking can help: 

  • Maintain healthy weight 
  • Improve your mood 
  • Improve coordination and balance 
  • Strengthen your muscles and bones 
  • Improve lung function 
  • Reduce the risk of chronic diseases 
  • Release tension 
  • Increase creativity 
  • Improve sleep quality 
  • Improve digestion 

Walking and Improved Digestion 

If creating and maintaining a healthy gut is a priority to you, a regular walking routine is a simple exercise that you can incorporate into your daily life without having to pay for expensive classes or learn a new skill. Walking actually improves your bowel movements by encouraging movement in your GI system.

Walking Just 30 Minutes a Day 

If you walked for 30 min every day for a week, you’d walk approximately 14 miles (if you’re maintaining a brisk speed) and you’d burn approximately 3,000 calories. Walk for an hour and double the benefits! 

As with any routine, walking can get a bit mundane. To keep your mind and body engaged in your walking routine, try modifying your route, listening to a podcast instead of music, walk with a partner a few times a week, and maybe even reward yourself with a new pair of walking shoes, or the latest air pods! 

No matter if you’re a professional athlete, recovering from an injury, or getting back into exercising regularly, walking is for everyone! 

Sources: 

https://www.prevention.com/fitness/a20485587/benefits-from-walking-every-day/ https://www.utahhomefitness.com/blogs/blog/6-signs-you-had-a-good-workout https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/can-you-lose-weight-by-walking-an-hour-a-day#amount-of weight-loss

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