Walking is often promoted as the best exercise for everyone. Walking is easy to do, needs no equipment, and requires no experience or training. The benefits to walking are numerous and the risks are minimal. Just about anybody can begin walking for exercise.
The benefits of walking include:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol
- Reduces risk of heart attack
- Improves muscle tone, stamina, aerobic capacity & energy
- Reduces appetite
- Easy on your joints and eases back pain
- Promotes weight loss
Walking can be done in addition to your current exercise program. Or you can choose walking as your aerobic exercise. If you prefer walking to jogging, it will be a comfort to know that walking burns almost as many calories. If you walk at a pace of 4 miles per hour, a brisk pace, for 30 minutes you will burn 165 calories. If the surface you are walking on has an incline, the number of calories burned increases.
Walking is a great method of exercise. It is less stressful on your joints than many other forms of aerobic exercise. It is easy to do and can be done anywhere, even on vacation. Make sure to practice proper posture while walking to ensure maximum benefits are achieved. Your head should be up and your spine straight. Regulate your breathing. And be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes.