Is walking even a workout? Many consider walking a simple leisure activity, which it is, but does it count as an exercise? Let's find out together, shall we!?
Marching or walking rather, is basic to most of us, a means to move from one point to another. As soon as we learned how to do it as toddlers we haven’t really stopped, slowed down maybe but never stopped. However, walking works beyond basic mobility. I personally enjoy it as a Hike. Whether you use it as a means of transport, exercise, military drill or for meditation, I am here to assure you that your number of steps count. Studies show numerous advantages of walking as an exercise. We take a look at some
KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY
Like literally, regular walking comes with a boost in general body health. Walking regularly can also help prevent or manage some conditions like blood pressure, coronary diseases and improves blood circulation. It also reduces risks of getting certain types of cancer and help control body fat lowering the risks of obesity. Regular walking will reduce your visits to the doctor and serve your body with a portion of health that you will truly appreciate.
IMPROVE YOUR MOODS
Studies have shown a correlation between walking and mood improvement. Walking triggers a release of endorphins which naturally lighten up your mood and leaves you feeling better. Walking also allows you time out to enjoy the scene and enjoy some fresh air, away from your day to day activities which may trigger stress.Next time you feel stressed, "Take a walk, not a pill".
SHED SOME WEIGHT
Doctors and fitness practitioners recommend a daily 10,000 steps routine to keep our bodies in order. Hardly do we live up to this standard, however, it is proof that walking does, after all, contribute to a trimmer figure. An added advantage is that anyone can take it up and work through it effectively. With time and consistency, improve on yourself and the rewards shall follow you. Some if not all your clothes become looser around the waist and eventually the numbers on the scale back you up. Add in some resistance training if you don't wish to lose weight any further.
Regular walking, running or any other form of exercise allows room for slower aging, perhaps because your cells, muscles, and organs are regularly being replenished, the bottom line is a regular and consistent walking routine allows you to age much slower and is said to add up to 7 years to your lifespan. Imagine what you can do with a whole year added to your mortality, now do the math with 7!
In walking you can measure your intensity by observing your breathing or the ability to hold a conversation if you have company.
First scale:You breathing is easy and you can keep a conversation rolling. It is more of a stroll and you can go on for hours marching into a hike.
Second scale: Breathing is intense, you can still talk but you would rather do it when and if necessary.
Third scale:Panting kicks in. It feels more like a run than a walk. You are struggling to complete a sentence, generally you feel like you would rather walk than talk.
For a beginner, you need to set out approximately 30 minutes, 4 – 6 days a week. Begin with a steady first scale pace for the first 3 to 5 minutes then work your way to the second scale and keep it steady for the next 20 to 25 minutes, then bring it down to a first scale as a cool down for the remainder of the time.
With determination and resilience, you will find it possible to take it higher to the third scale and eventually easier to switch between the second and the third scale and then back to the first all within the 30 minutes laid up.
Psst: Walking is considerably one of the safest form of exercise in the world. Comment with places you recommend for a nice walk and share with a friend.Next time we will have a look at the various techniques you can apply while walking, especially for weight loss walking, so be sure to keep a look out for that. Be fit, be healthy and have fun while at it.
Thank you for reading.