Let’s talk walking

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.

Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash
Photo by Linda Xu on Unsplash

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.

Photo by Fey Marin on Unsplash
Photo by Fey Marin on Unsplash

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.

By Yasmine Boheas on Unsplash
By Yasmine Boheas on Unsplash

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)

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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 teaspangsberg@outlook.com)

Love, Tea

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39 thoughts on “Let’s talk walking

  1. I love walking! I’m also one of those who love running but I’d never tell anyone they NEED to do it, because I know how hard it is if you don’t enjoy it. I used to hate it myself 😉 But walking is the best thing if I want to empty my head: just put on a good playlist and wander around for an hour. And then come home with a clearer mind, love it! I walk everywhere, even when I could take public transport. I hate crowded vehicles whereas walking is good in all ways 🙂

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  2. I’ve been trying to walk more recently (in the UK wee’re currently allowed out once a day for some exercise). I hurt my back and shoulder recently so walking has been the perfect exercise for me – it’s low impact and easy on my achy joints!

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    1. Those restrictions sounds so harsh. Here we can go outside as long as we stay away from crowded places and mind our distancing. To say I’ve been walking a lot the last month and a bit since everything closed down is an understatement. 😛

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  3. I’ve been trying to walk more recently (in the UK wee’re currently allowed out once a day for some exercise). I hurt my back and shoulder so walking has been the perfect exercise for me – it’s low impact and easy on my achy joints!

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  4. I’m back into my exercise but I hate running. I always have. When I used to go to the gym, my favourite thing to do was uphill walking. I definitely need to get out and do more walking – although it’s hard given the current circumstances!

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    1. Walking is my favorite. I haven’t been able to really run since i busted my knee as a teen, and since my ankle busted almost two years ago even walking was hard, but I’m slowly building it up again and njoying it so much.

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  5. I love that there are so many brilliant health benefits to walking and it’s so easy and free to do! I always enjoy going out for a daily walk, the exercise and fresh air makes me feel so much more refreshed afterwards 🙂 Thanks for sharing Tea, such a motivational post! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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  6. Hi Tea! I’m going to send you a friend request from the Fitbit app. I started walking too! I don’t get nearly enough steps but I started walking 1hr a day, which is better than nothing. The weather is lovely today. ☀️

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  7. I’m a huge walking fan, I really enjoy it. During lockdown I have rediscovered my love of walking. We use our exercise trip to walk as far as we can and I am doing home walking thanks to Leslie Sansome on YouTube.

    She is well worth a look. I’d done 3 miles before breakfast today x

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  8. I’ve been going for a walk every day since the lockdown started – I’m pretty sure I’m getting more exercise now than I did before all this! 😂 Walking definitely helps me to feel more relaxed and balanced, and to sleep better.

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  9. I love walking, in any season in London I’ll just go for a couple of hours. It’s great for thinking things through without distractions. I’m in Barbados now where we can’t even go out for a walk during lockdown and I really miss it – no walking along the beach!

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  10. I really enjoy walking, you get to see some lovely places that you might miss by running by don’t you? Saying that I am currently just stepping in the house to music, and changing the tempo up of my steps to match as my form of exercise at the moment 😂 I do feel better for doing it though!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Aimsy xoxo
    Aimsy’s Antics

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  11. Walking is so important and the most basic form of exercise. It is important to have the right shoes too because the last thing you want is to walk a mile in heels. I love all of these different facts you present! Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  12. I’m one of those annoying runners you were talking about in the first paragraph. I like walking as a form of light exercise, especially if you’re in a group. I’ve been really enjoying my walks since we’ve been in lockdown as a way to get out and get some fresh air x

    Sophie

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