Just go for a walk – Guest Post

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30. September 2013 by swissfitchick

Hi there, Fit Swiss Chick people! My name is Sam, and I blog over at Better With Sprinkles.

image-36 I’m super excited to be filling in for Lucie today while she’s off relaxing on vacation. I’ll just be here, doing my best not to be jealous…

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.

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He likes his naps, but I promise that he loves his walks too.

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.

(source)

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.

He just loves being outside.

He just loves being outside.

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😉

7 thoughts on “Just go for a walk – Guest Post

  1. I have a cute little Shih Tzu named Bosco. 🙂

  2. I love going for walks! My husband and I typically go for walks all the time, especially during the fall months. My preferred form of cardio is Zumba.

  3. I absolutely love this post! I know a lot of people feel the same way or think the same, that walking is boring and not a form of exercise. It has quickly become one of my favorite activities. It is such a refreshing, calming, and relaxing experience if you let it, but can also be a great form of exercise, too. I also think it’s the perfect time for reflection, too, as I usually leave my phone at home and am completely removed from outside distraction.

  4. Oh how I miss my long walks at the park! I can’t believe I used to look down on walking as a form of exercise…I’ve had quite a few times where I’ve felt it in my calves after a 4-5 miler! Right now, while not my preferred form, I’ve been doing a lot of cardio in an attempt to get out the door and to work on time! Lol

  5. Really good point. We don’t have to push ourselves to the max or sweat buckets to be healthy, happy and fit. Thanks Sam!

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