Walking is one of the best forms of movement, but is often neglected for the slightly blatant antagonists like jogging or running. Walking uses the whole body, does not require any equipment or special equipment, can take place almost anywhere, there is no "learning curve", and while walking is easy on your joints, it still involves implications that your bone is. So, why do not you go?
Many people mistakenly assume that walking has little influence and is easy to do, that it can not possibly be so useful. But, the truth is the benefit of walking, which competes with that of almost every other form of exercise.
- lower blood pressure,
- reduced risk of stroke,
- reduced risk of heart attack,
- lowering of cholesterol,
- increase in bone density and
- increase in well-being
- Change your pace and your duration – there is a close relationship between your speed and your distance going for a walk. If you go slower, you have to go further. And if you run faster, you can reduce the distance. Let your body guess, mix it!
- Find a hill (or two!) – the slope is a great way to increase your intensity without having to run faster or longer. Not to mention, hills will recruit your lower body a little bit differently than flat terrain, which will enhance whole body effects.
- Getting a little weight (not really!) – An extra weight in your walking workout is another easy way to sneak in on a small challenge. While you've seen people carrying hand or ankle weights while walking in your neighborhood, weighted vests are a much safer way to burn some extra calories. The vest distributes the weight naturally and does not alter the way in which it can cause injury.
- Get creative – feed your running routine with additional exercises along the way. Do you see a park bench on your route? Drop and do a series of push-ups or triceps dips. Find a staircase? Make a few trips up and down before continuing. Playground Why not jump on the swing, get stuck at a bar or participate in other fun activities.
Now tie the sneakers and go out!