The Many Benefits of Walking
Walking is a common activity around our office this time of year. We just started our four-week office step challenge, so that could explain it—but walking has also made its way into mainstream media as an effective form of exercise.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity each week (or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity, or an equivalent combination). Following these guidelines can contribute to overall health and decrease the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. And with all these benefits and the ability to wear a fancy step tracker, why not join in the fun?
If you are already incorporating walking into your routine, why not take it up a level? No, I’m not talking about jogging or running. I’m talking about adding intervals into your daily walks—speeding up and slowing down your pace as you’re walking. A study featured in the New York Times showed that even more benefits are reaped from walking if interval walking is mixed in a bit. It especially improves aerobic fitness, leg strength, and blood-pressure readings.
Pretty cool, right? Since walking doesn’t require any special skills or a gym membership, take advantage of all walking has to offer. Don’t forget that you can split your walking time throughout the day: a slow stroll to Starbucks in the morning, and a fast-pace walk to the Metro after work. It all counts.
Why not add walking to your daily routine?
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