Why Walking Is the Most Popular Form of Exercise

Why Walking Is the Most Popular Form of Exercise

Did you know that walking is the most popular form of exercise? When it comes to fitness, there always seems to be a new trend emerging. However, walking has stood the test of time. Research has shown that walking 150 minutes a week at a lively pace can reduce your risk of serious diseases, improve blood pressure, improve your mental and emotional well-being and improve memory. Here are 3 reasons to get stepping!

Why Walking Is the Most Popular Form of Exercise

It’s Accessible. If you do not want to spend a lot on fancy exercise programs, walking is for you. All you need are comfortable weather-appropriate clothes and a decent pair of shoes. If walking around your neighborhood is not safe, research walking paths or trails close to you. Walking is popular and many internet sites map out safe paths.

Take it Easy. If you are out of shape, walking is a wonderful way to start. Start easy- 10 to 15 minutes at first is great. Remember, some walking is better than none. Nothing suggests that walking must be done all at once to be effective. If it’s better for your schedule, fit in a few 15-20 minutes walks a day. Listen to your body- you are looking to move, but you also want to find a pace and distance you can stick to consistently.

Add Variety. Once you have your walking schedule down pat, add in some variety! Look for small hills you can climb, or just go in the opposite direction that you normally do. You can also try brisk intervals- walk fast for a block or two, then walk normally for a few blocks.

Remember that Why Walking Is the Most Popular Form of Exercise! For more simple and fun ways to improve your health, consider setting up a free health consultation with us today. We believe health is for everyone and should be enjoyable. Find out more about us today!

Karen L. Leibowitz, MD
Health and Medical Coach
KareBoost Health

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