I have heard many friends, family and even co-workers say countless times” I want to start working out and improve my fitness but I hate running”. It seems running or jogging is the first exercise that comes to my mind for a lot of people looking to lose weight. While this is evidently true that running is a good way to get into shape, it is not the only option.
Walking is an awesome activity to develop physical and mental fitness. If you had the thought that it’s not effective enough to see lasting changes or maybe because you do so every day, then think again!
THESE ARE REASONS FOR YOU TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND WALK
IT HELPS YOU RELAX
Most people believe sitting down in front of the TV with a big bowl of popcorn and soda to wash it down is relaxing. You can use walking as an active method to unwind during the weekend or after a hard day’s work. You can release stressful thoughts, bad energy and negative vibes.
IT MAKES YOU HAPPIER
A study from the California State University, Long Beach, reported that more steps throughout the day lead to a better mood overall. Did you know that you are supposed to take 10,000 steps a day? Why walk so many steps? That’s because Walking releases endorphins like every other forms of exercise leaving you with great emotions and high spirits
HELP YOUR WEIGHT-LOSS EFFORTS
You can also burn over 200 calories per hour depending on your level of your fitness and weight. Burning of little calories here and there all helps you in getting that your dream body!
DOES NOT REQUIRE MUCH PREPARATION
Walking does not need much preparation to begin. You can just get up and walk! You do not really need to change clothes or your shoes (unless you are wearing heels, of course). However, if you are going for brisk walking, it is best to change your clothes and wear the appropriate footwear. Go for a walk periodically throughout your day. If your home, school or a place of business is not that far, you can take a walk. For those who do not have time to hit the gym in the morning, you can get out first thing in the morning and just walk out.
IMPROVES SLEEP FOR POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN
A study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center found that those women who engaged in brisk walking (or other moderate activity like stretching) for at least 30 minutes in the morning reported that they sleep easier after those exercises.
IT’S A GREAT WAY TO MULTITASK
Walking is also a great way to multitask. You can walk the dog, call friends and family, listen to your favourite podcast and even get the much needed vitamin D from the sun all at the same time while walking!
IT KEEPS STRESS HORMONE LEVELS LOW
Running and weight lifting are exercises that raise the level of your stress hormones (cortisol). Walking on the other hand keeps your level of stress at a low. A Stressful day and stressful workout sessions might just be the reason why the weight is not reducing. This is not saying you should quit your muscle building or running routines but also make room for more low-stress activities and you’ll see changes it does to your body.
You can even take your walking further by engaging in brisk walking, walking uphill, doing inclines on the treadmill or climbing upstairs. You will get the benefits of walking and more such as core activation and strengthening of the butt and thighs.