Walking is a great way to improve and maintain your overall health & fitness. It would seem like a light exercise compared to extensive and intensive workout routines but walking gives more benefits than what it seems. Even as little as just 30 minutes every day of walking can do wonders to your body.
Exercise does not have to be always intensive or done for long periods of time in order to get benefits from it. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise which was around 75 minutes per week had results that improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.
Walking is a common exercise since it is a natural activity of a person. It doesn’t really require equipment to perform, can be done at any time of day and at your own pace. Walking is absolutely great exercise for the elderly, overweight, those who have not done exercise for a long time or not doing it regularly.
Health Benefits of Walking
- Burn calories and reduce body fat
- Improves cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness
- Helps lower your blood sugar
- Boosts immune function
- stronger bones and improved balance
To get the health benefits, try to walk for at least 30 minutes as briskly as you can on most days of the week. ‘Brisk’ means that you can still talk but not sing, and you may be puffing slightly.
Walking can fulfill daily recommended exercise for people of all ages and fitness levels. Choose a walking route and daily step goal that’s appropriate for your age and fitness level. Get up there and start walking!