Are you an outdoor walker? Do you prefer a treadmill? Or do you go to a local community center and use a track to walk around? Some malls even have a walking group. There are a number of different ways to get your steps in, that's for sure.
Walking is a fantastic low-impact exercise, that offers so many physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
I love getting up on the cool mornings and head out for a walk to start my day, most times I will have my ear buds in listening to a good book or a podcast. I love weaving in and out of the streets in my local neighbourhood, waving and catching up with neighbours and of course saying hi to all the puppies along the way.
A good old fashion walk may have more benefits than you ever realized.
Here are more than a dozen benefits to getting your steps in...
I must admit even I was not fully aware of ALL the benefits of walking; I was aware of the basics like it's good for your cardio as well as good to clear your head and help with stress. But there really are so many more benefits, and it's easy to do. Hey, if walking regularly is good for urinary incontinence...then I'm in...lol
Trekking Poles are a great idea if you think you might need a little more stability while you are out walking, and they transition nicely when you take your walking to the next level with maybe a different terrain or maybe you want to start hiking.
Here is a link for a great pair of trekking poles from Amazon...
If you are thinking of walking on a regular basis, then make sure you have proper running or walking shoes geared for the type of walking you intend to do. Start off with a smaller route if you are new to walking (as a form of exercise) and you can grow from there. When your ready maybe check out local walking or hiking groups in your area and meet others with a similar interest. And of course, don't forget to stay hydrated!
Walking is a simple yet effective way to improve
your overall health and quality of life.