Have you heard? Walking is good exercise! Sometimes the easiest things can be the best and really good for your.
Walking offers many health benefits and can give your body a boost when you consistently walk as exercise. While it might not be as great for weight loss as running, it’s also less likely to cause injuries or strain your body too much. It is also an exercise you can do almost anywhere with limited equipment!
How to walk for exercise
There are lots of ways to walk for exercise:
- walk to and from places you need to go like work
- walk during your lunch break at work
- walk further from where you park at stores
- walk to the gym
- walk on the treadmill at the gym
- walk on the track at the gym
- walk at the track at a local high school
- walk with exercise DVDs
Below are a few walking exercise DVDs you can use in your home to get the benefits of walking.
Why Walking Can Suck
I’m not always a fan of walking for exercise. I’m just not. I like walking sure, and try to make sure I do a lot of it, but given the choice I’d rather do something else. I’d rather take a class or run or swim or just about anything else. I get bored when walking, especially if I am being forced to walk on a track or around an area I know really well. If I’ve seen everything there is to see I can easily get bored. Music helps, or if I need to think about something specific, but generally I’d rather do something else for my exercise.
A lot of you are big fans of walking for exercise. You seem to love it and actually prefer it for your method of exercise, walking ridiculous amounts of miles every time you work out. Good for you. To each his own, and for me, honestly, I’m not the biggest fan.
But just because I’m not a fan of something doesn’t mean I won’t do it. In fact, since I’ve been home walking has been my only form of exercise. It’s free, which is great. I can do it anywhere. It is easy. There aren’t many downsides to walking, other than the fact that it is hard to get my heart rate up with it. I know I technically need some interval training thrown into my schedule, but for now I am just walking. And get this – walking is working.
Almost every day this week I’ve walked. I’ve not been super consistent with my times or distances, but I’ve walked. On any given day I’ve walked anywhere from .5 to 3 miles. Oh yes, and most of the time with a heavy backpack on my back. Not exactly leisurely walking.
On the days where I walked around 3 miles, I usually walked from my apt where I’m staying to my mom’s house. I have no real reason for doing this, other than I need something to do during the day. I make up stupid reasons why I need to go to my house and then walk there. That’s it. Gets my exercise in, gives me something to do, and is furthering my goals for healthy living. I’d call that a win!
And there will be even more winning to report on Sunday when I weigh in. I can just tell that it is going to be a good thing! I’m excited to see how the walking every day thing pays off. And then maybe by next week I can buy some shoes and add in some running/jogging intervals to my walking adventures. But I just think my weigh in will be great without even adding anything hardcore to my schedule. What I’m doing right now is working.