While I would love to say that walking can be just as effective of a workout as running, I can’t, because I would be lying to you. In fairness, the two really shouldn’t be compared against each other. Running due to larger muscle recruitment, greater forces exerted and faster motion capability will always have the proverbial ‘leg up’ on walking. With that being said, walking is a really good form of exercise and can help you reach your fitness and weightloss goals.
As a life long track athlete, who has marveled at race walkers (checkout the olympic walkers on youtube), I don’t scoff at walking. In fact, walking is the suggested workout over running for many people. For example, those with knee, ankle and back problems and also for people who are overweight to obese. Walking is more of the default component of cardio workouts for my older clients and something that I encourage my clients of all ages to do more of every day.
Walking is a lower impact exercise and can be done for longer periods of time. The Mayo Clinic points out some of the best benefits of walking.
When it comes to a walking workout, I challenge clients by varying the speeds and inclines on the treadmill. I will also use light dumbbells to better engage the arms and core during the walk. One use of dumbbells is to simply hold them during the natural arm swing movement while you walk. Another variation you can try during your walk is to do an exaggerated runners arm pump. And finally, a favorite move of mine with dumbbells is to do almost a bicep curl arm pump while walking.
Here’s a 30 minute treadmill workout to take your walking routine to the next level.
(Note: try to never hold onto the treadmill while walking, even when at an incline)
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So there you have it. Good luck with integrating walking into your fitness routine. It is not only a good way to get and stay in shape, but also to explore your surroundings. Here’s to seeing you on walks around the world.
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Walking is absolutely tremendous and beneficial for overall health. It's helpful in:
1- Burning calories
2- Strengthing heart
3- Lowering blood sugar level
4- Eases joints pain
5- Boosts the immunity
6- Improves the mood
7- Boosts energy level
All those people who want to stay healthy and fit should eat organic food and walk daily.
I'm eating organic moringa powder from last five months. I had joint swelling and higher cholesterol level issues.
Consuming pure moringa leaf powder on a daily basis helps me in reducing joints inflammation and cholesterol level.
Moreover, moringa powder is also good for:
Liver and stomach health
Mental health (because moringa contains antioxidant properties)
In short, if we rely more on organic food and start doing the walk regularly, we would live a happy and stress-free life.
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