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Walking is Good Exercise?

5 Mar

Well now that it’s obvious, I’ll answer the question and say YES, walking is so good for you

A little disclaimer before I go on: I am NOT any licensed doctor or anything, just a girl who has read up on a lot about health and nutrition and has a lot of experience herself with it. So please take my words however you would like :)

But when you think of exercising, I bet walking isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to your mind. Maybe more intense things such as running, getting on the elliptical, or riding the bike would be more commonly thought of. But whether you’re a super active person, or one that is just trying to get out for the first time, walking for a short 30 minutes even is so beneficial.

For those who are super active, walking is a great way to get out in the fresh air, yet still give your body a break from all the intensity of prior days. When you aren’t specifically training for something, and aren’t looking to lose weight, taking a nice, relaxing walk in the sun is a good way to still be active yet give yourself a mental and physical break :) And for those that tend to stay indoors more and are wanting to become more active, this is a great starting point! I think some people get discouraged before even beginning to exercise, because they think they have to be like that one person in the gym running for miles and miles with no end in sight. But just getting out should be your starting point. And let me tell you, walking has so many benefits! It’s not just “the activity you do when you can’t do anything else”, it can become a daily part of a healthy and fit life.

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Today I took a walk around my lake in my neighborhood as I’m home for Spring break, and it was the inspiration of this post. I think even I too often forget how great just a good, relaxing walk can be. And with all the stress and chaos in our day to day life now, your mind will also be thankful :) If you haven’t given yourself that time lately to just take a mental break and get out in the sun, I challenge you to do it today!  I’ll leave you off with some health benefits of what just a 30 minute walk can do for you from Drs. Oz and also my own experience..

It boosts your immune system
It saves you on gym costs
It can save your mind
It keeps your heart healthy
It can slim you down.
It deflects diabetes.
It can allow for good vitamin D exposure
It reduces stress
It revs up your energy
It makes you happier :)

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