30. September 2013 by swissfitchick
Hi there, Fit Swiss Chick people! My name is Sam, and I blog over at Better With Sprinkles.
But anyways, for my post today I want to talk to you about walking. I know that high intensity intervals and long distance running seems to be all the rage right now, but we seem to forget that going for a simple walk counts as exercise too.
For a long time, I never considered just going for a walk as a means of getting exercise. It was a way of getting from point A to B, and that was about it. But then I bought a puppy. Who obviously, needs his exercise just as much as I do. Enter my almost-daily 1 to 2 mile walk.
Suddenly, I was going out for a mile or two walks almost every day. At first it was a bit of an annoyance/time-waster for me, but the more I did it, the more I grew to love it. It’s time for Atticus and I to hang out, but it also acts as a way for me to get some fresh air, break up my evenings a bit, and get lost in my thoughts. While I do love my strenuous forms of exercise for the same reason, a walk is just relaxing. I always come home in a better mood than when I left. Now, I’ll choose a walk as my form of exercise a few days of week.
And yes, it does actually have pretty fabulous physical benefits as well. Walking can help you:
- Prevent various conditions, including heart disease and diabetes
- Strengthen your bones
- Improve mood
- Improve balance and coordination.
This list is actually pretty similar to the benefits you get from running – because physically, their effects are parallel. A recent study demonstrated that walkers and runners saw similar reductions in risk for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol despite the difference in exercise intensity. When comparing distance run vs. walked – the benefits are the same.
So, if you’re not into running, you can get the similar health effects and boosts. Whether you choose to head out for a three mile walk or run, you’ll be doing fantastic things for your health. I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of pressure in the HLB world to be a runner, so if you’re not…now you know that you can still experiencing the same benefits. You don’t have to be a runner, or a weight lifter, or a yogi if you want to stay in shape – if you just want to walk, you’re doing fabulously.
And that’s all I have for you today! I’d love it if you swung by the blog and said hi!
Do you go for walks often?
What’s your preferred form of cardio?
Any other dog owners? What’s your pup’s name/breed? Extra points if you have a pug 😉