Walking: The Best Form of Cardio

For most people, we are able to walk every day. With gyms being closed nationwide, walking has been a popular activity for people who don’t have access to a treadmill. It helps time pass by faster and overall has many positive health benefits. Some will say that it’s better than running! Here is a list of reasons why you should implement walking to your regular workout routine. 

 

Improves Your Cardiovascular Endurance

Studies show that going for at least a 15-30 minute walk consistently can prevent heart disease.

Weight Loss

Just like in any exercise, you are burning calories. Walking at least 5 days a week with the recommended 10,000 steps a day added can result in shedding that extra fat off your body.


Stress Reliever and Creative Thinking

Step away from your office computer and put down your phone. Walking can become your “me time” where you focus on yourself and have no worries about e-mails or meetings. You have the freedom to think about your hobbies and activities you’d like to do or accomplish.

No Fancy Equipment Needed

All you need is yourself and a route. For the amount that a treadmill costs or even a gym membership, you will be saving tons of money. This is a great exercise for beginners who want to start their fitness journey as there is no equipment necessary! 

Discovering New Places

As you go on walks, you may discover new areas in your own neighborhood you’ve never recognized before. You may surprise yourself and find that you’ve found a hidden gem!

 

For the Cardio Haters

Hate doing any form of cardio? Walking will not feel like you’re doing it at all! With all the positive benefits, walking will definitely become your favorite form of cardio.

Self Reflection

Once you get into the groove of walking, you’ll soon realize that you’ve surpassed the furthest you’ve walked. You’ll be in a much better mood and feel accomplished. You will start to realize all the things that you are capable of and be determined to conquer anything! 

 

Tips

  • Wear good walking shoes if you plan to walk a long distance.
  • Listen to an audiobook or podcast. It will make the time go faster.
  • Use an app or a smartwatch to track how many steps you’re taking and how long you’ve walked.
  • Carry a fanny pack to have a place to put your phone or keys and not worry about items falling out of your pocket.

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