Spring is here and summer is right around the corner! Not only is it a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty and warmth of the new season, but now is also a wonderful time to lose weight and gain great benefits by walking daily.
Walking affords you many opportunities:
- Time to reflect
- Get fresh air
- Enjoy nature
- Relax your mind
- Lose weight
- Maintain good health
- Spend time alone
- Have quality time with family and/or friends
- Improve your overall quality of life
The many benefits of walking are timeless and so priceless. However, so many people still suffer from depression, obesity, and diseases that would remotely disappear just because of the lack of motivation to get up, get out, and just do it.
Some people feel they don’t have the time nor the energy to start walking and therefore, they never attempt it.
There are two exercise recommendations in the United States.
1. The Surgeon General recommends 30 minutes or more of accumulated moderate intensity physical activity on five or more days per week to improve health and fitness. “Accumulated” means you can do it in shorter bouts throughout the day (for example, 10- or 15-minute intervals throughout the day), and “moderate intensity” means you feel warm and slightly out of breath when you do it. Walking counts!
2. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 20-60 minutes of continuous activity, three to five times a week, at 60%-90% of maximum heart rate, and two to three days of resistance training. Walking counts!
Others think that walking is a waste of time because they believe they need more aerobic activity or they could be doing something else more worthwhile.
In an article written on MedicineNet.com it states, “You may be surprised to learn that brisk walking can be almost as challenging as jogging. The research shows that at maximal levels of exertion, oxygen consumption (the bottom line to cardiorespiratory fitness) is only slightly lower for racewalkers than it is for runners, and at submaximal or moderate-intense levels of exercise, oxygen consumption levels between race walkers and runners are almost equal. Racewalkers can reach speeds as high as 9 mph!”
So, think of the awesome benefits and enjoy a nice walk today!