Out of all the different available kinds of exercise, walking is generally considered one of the easiest to get into when compared with aerobics, weights, and even walking’s more strenuous cousins jogging and running. However, walking being so low impact and generally laid back can lead to some serious misinformation about how well it works and walking for your health in general. Let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions about walking and see if we can’t clear up a few things.
1. Walking isn’t real exercise
Saying that walking isn’t real exercise simply isn’t true, which generally comes from being misinformed about walking in general. If you’re trying to add a little fitness anywhere in your day, walking is a great choice because you don’t need a lot of time, money, or effort to take advantage of it. However, a lot of people tend to think that this means it isn’t effective, but in actuality it’s quite effective, particularly if you go from doing zero exercise to just walking a few times a day. It might not get the same hardcore results as a full fitness regimen, but it’s definitely not doing nothing for you.
2. Walking is for fat people who can’t exercise
Not only is this wrong, but it’s also rude. Because of its low impact nature, people think that if you’re walking for your exercise that you’re doing it because you’re incapable of other more strenuous forms of exercise. While that may be true of some walkers, it’s definitely false across the board. Walking is for anyone who wants a low impact exercise they can fill a little bit of free time with. It can be used to warm up or cool down from more strenuous exercise and is great for people of any level of fitness. A lower level of strain doesn’t mean it’s limited to people at risk for injury.
3. Just walking a little bit every day will help you reach your weight goal
This one is a little bit tricky, because while walking is great for your health it shouldn’t be the beat all end all exercise you focus on. Walking for your health is a great starting point that has a lot of advantages if you’re looking for a low impact exercise to fit into a busy schedule. However, walking should be just one part of your overall diet plan if you’re serious about losing weight or reaching a defined weight goal. You should also be focusing on your diet as well as progressing to more effective forms of exercise like cardio and aerobics that will give you more cut and dry results. That’s not to diminish the effectiveness of walking, but if that’s all you do then you’re likely not going to see very definite results.
There are a lot of misconceptions about walking and fitness in general out there, do your best to focus on the facts and a well-rounded diet and fitness plan to see real results!