We have all heard it. The people who raves about running. Or the exercise plans that ask you to jump around and do all kind of crazy stuff. As someone who got two bad knees and now a ruined ankle, none of this is an option. And while doing sit ups and push ups are all good, adding some kind of cardio is so good for your body. So, today I’m gonna talk about walking and what 30 min of good paced walking can do for you.
Now, lets start with the most obvious. Walking is probably the most easy exercise to start doing for most people. It doesn’t require special clothes, shoes or equipment. You can do it where ever, and when ever. All you need is a pair of flat shoes, and clothes fitting the weather. It can be done in cities, in the country, and no matter where you are in the world.
Another good point to make is that walking isn’t hard on your joints, like running can be. I’m not saying that starting to walk for exercise can’t make you feel sore and in the worst case scenario it can give you trouble with your joints like any kind of exercise, but you’re a lot less likely to get knee or ankle damage from walking than running. If you have pre-existing problems like me, walking can even be super good for you as it helps strengthen the muscles which helps stabilize your joints.
Walking daily can also help improve your sleep. Tests have shown that increasing your step count by just 2000 a day can help your quality of sleep improve. There’s a lot of theories on why this is, but the consensus I’ve read is that walking helps reduce stress, helps blood circulation, and lower your blood pressure.
Another great thing about walking is that 30 min a day can help you lose weight. It improves digestion, helps regulate your blood sugar (and thus can help curb cravings) and of course burns of calories. A brisk walk can burn around 150 calories. That might not sound like a lot, but in a week that amounts to 1050 calories or around 130 grams of fat. (and lets be honest. If you take 130 grams of butter, that’s a lot)
And lastly, walking gets you outside. It gives you fresh air, let you enjoy the weather, get some sun, and can lead you down new streets. If you have a walking partner it can be even more fun, and if you invest in a walking app for your phone or a gadget, you can compete with yourself to improve and take more steps.
I hope this have inspired you to start walking more.
(Ps: I’ve gotten my Fitbit working again so if anyone have a Fitbit and wanna be friends you can find me on firstname.lastname@example.org)