If you’re trying to lose weight then there’s no doubt that you’ve likely pored over article after article on how to get fit and seen hundreds if not thousands of workouts, routines, and exercises that are “guaranteed to burn fat in X days or your money back” and that’s fine if you’re ready for exercise, but what about the rest of us?
What about us day one-ers who are just looking to get started with something easy or simply improve our health in a low impact way?
Well if that’s the case, then walking is definitely for you.
Walking is the perfect exercise if you’re mainly looking for a low barrier of entry into getting fit and exercising. You don’t have to be incredibly fit to get started, in fact even if you haven’t done any “real” exercise a day in your life you can probably start right now. It’s great because it’s something that, provided you don’t face any serious health risks or suffer from mobility issues, just about everyone can do.
One of the other reasons that walking is a fantastic choice is that it’s low impact across your entire body. A lot of exercises designed to target specific muscles or burn fat in a specific area can be quite rigorous and stressful on your body. Particularly in targeted exercise, jumping straight into an abs or legs type workout routine can potentially get you injured if you’re not prepared. On the other hand, walking doesn’t put much strain on your body at all and can be as rigorous or laid back as you’d like it to be. Since the strain of your walk comes directly from where and how long you choose to go walking, you never have to worry about going beyond what you’re expecting to finish your exercise.
I would say likely the best reason for healthy walking is that you don’t have to take a lot of time out of your day to do it. Going for a walk is just that, going for a walk. You don’t have to trek down to the gym and spend however long on (or waiting to use) the equipment there, or setting aside the time to go through a thirty minute workout video. If the weather is nice and you’re not really doing anything else, you can just head out your front door and get a little bit of exercise.
There are a lot of types of exercise that “aren’t for everyone” due to the level of activity or required level of fitness, but walking is a good choice for anyone that wants to get a little extra exercise in throughout their day. Try going for a morning stroll to get your day started or an early evening walk in the cool breeze after dinner, you’ll notice how much better it makes you feel right away!