It's easy! One of the safest exercises you can do, walking often doesn't require special skills or training like a sport or gym workout might. It doesn't require prior training or conditioning and doesn't involve a great deal of physical exertion in the beginning. Studies have even shown that due to the design of our body, walking is more natural than sitting, standing or running, and walking is not as stressful to the body as other exercises. Want to get started? A good pair of walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a pedometer, and you're all set! Don't forget a bottle of water to stay hydrated!
When Hippocrates said that "walking is man's best medicine", he didn't realize that thousands of years later, new benefits of walking would be discovered daily. What are some health benefits of walking?
Burns almost as many calories as jogging
Eases back pains
Slims your waist
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
Reduces heart attack risk
Enhances stamina & energy
Lessens anxiety & tension
Improves muscle tone
Easy on your joints
Increases aerobic capacity
Can be done in short bouts
Slows down osteoporosis bone loss
Can be done when you're traveling