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.
- A good night’s sleep
- Increased appetite
- Increased energy
- 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!
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