If there’s one form of exercise you could easily fit into your day, it would arguably be walking. There are so many ways to add more steps each day such as taking the stairs or parking further away from your destination. If you’re struggling to commit to an exercise routine, here are seven facts you should know about walking that will hopefully give you that extra incentive to start adding this very important exercise into your day.
- It’s easy to do! And, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, it has a low risk of injury. Plus, it’s free and you don’t need any special equipment.
- You can lose weight – There are some who might think that walking alone isn’t enough to lose weight. You do have to keep in mind that to lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. But, if you are eating healthy and the right portion sizes, daily walking can help you lose weight, especially if you’re meeting the recommended goal of 10,000 steps a day. The Mayo Clinic says, “The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits.”
- Have a backup plan– This is a great recommendation from Harvard Health. If you were planning to get up early to take a walk before going into work but you oversleep, be mentally prepared to take that walk in the evening instead. Maybe after dinner?
- Schedule it on your calendar – If you put it on your calendar with an alert to remind you, it’s another incentive to make sure the walk happens. A great recommendation from the American Heart Association.
- Fuel your body with a nutritious breakfast – Livestrong recommends yogurt with walnuts and blueberries. They say a balance of protein and carbohydrates can help improve your stamina.
- A brisk, 30-minute walk could help you burn an extra 150 calories – “…the more you walk and the quicker your pace, the more calories you’ll burn,” says the Mayo Clinic. If you’re new to walking, you will want to start out slower and for a shorter period. Then, build your walking routine up from there.
- There’s an app for that! – Want to track your steps but don’t want to spend money on an expensive Fitbit or Garmin? There’s an app for everything! Healthline recommends Pacer Pedometer & Step Tracker. The only drawback is you will have to carry your phone with you everywhere you go, but we suspect for most people these days it won’t be a problem. 😊
A bonus idea here… maybe after you’ve committed to a walking routine and kept it up for period, treat yourself to a new pair of walking shoes. At that point, you’ll have earned it. Don’t you think?