Why You Should Incorporate Walking Into Your Daily Fitness Routine
Not all of us were born runners, but thank goodness we are all made to walk. Walking can be a great way to take steps toward your fitness goals each day. It also comes with a long list of physical and mental health benefits. Here are a few reasons to shake up your routine with the occasional walk:
- Beat the gain and strain. It's true that walking is a gentle, low-impact way to work out, but that doesn't mean it's ineffective. Walking helps burn calories, shape muscle and boost metabolism. You can even enhance your walking workout with the right equipment. The Bowflex® TreadClimber® combines the power of an elliptical, treadmill and stepper for the ultimate walking workout — while burning 40 percent more calories.
- Benefit your long-term medical well being. You might see changes on the outside, but walking also benefits what's on the inside. It can strengthen your heart and may help lower the risk of developing certain diseases. Also, the American Stroke Association recommends at least 30 minutes of walking, five days a week, to reduce your risk of stroke.
- Boost your endurance and mood. Walking is also a great way to build up your endurance — especially if you are just developing a workout routine. It can also leave you feeling refreshed. Like most physical activities, walking releases endorphins into the bloodstream, which can help reduce anxiety and stress. Bonus points for turning your walk into a social activity — invite your co-workers, partner or neighbor to join you.
Whether you are just starting out or already have an established fitness routine, don't underestimate the power of a good walk to get you moving!