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Why walking is as good as any other exercise

If you think the key to losing weight, boosting your overall fitness or improving your mental health through exercise is all about strenuous workouts – think again.

Walking can be just as good as anything else.

Not all of us can hit the gym or run 5k. Walking has many positive benefits for both physical and mental health. Let’s look at how walking regularly can benefit you.

It is good for cardiovascular health

Walking improves your circulation, lowers blood pressure and brings up your heart rate.

A moderate walk on a regular basis is great for your overall cardiovascular health. Walking for seven hours per week (an hour per day) can greatly reduce potential cardiovascular problems and contribute to a healthy heart.

Walking can help you to lose weight

Losing weight is often the main goal a personal trainer can help you with.

Walking can help you to achieve weight loss as well. Depending on how long you walk for, the intensity and the incline of your route, walking can burn between 90 to 350 calories every 30 minutes.

Like all exercise, you can start off slow and bring yourself up to an achievable target for walking. This can help you burn more calories which is the key in shedding the extra pounds alongside a healthy and balanced diet.

It will improve your mental health

Exercise releases natural endorphins in your body which contributes to a better mood and improved mental health. Walking is a great form of exercise to help with this.

A brisk walk for 30 – 60 minutes every day (or even longer if you are able to) can really boost your mental health. The combination of fresh air and moderate exercise is ideal for taking your mind off things and looking after your mental wellbeing.

A regularly walk will help your bones

Another big benefit of undertaking walking as exercise on a regular basis in strengthening your bones.

We start suffering natural bone loss from the age of 35 and moderate walking and exercise can greatly help to reduce this impact. It also has positive benefits for people suffering from osteoporosis or fragile bones. By choosing hilly routes or even walking with some weight in a backpack, you can strengthen your bones and muscles.

Why walking is as good as any other exercise

Walking has many benefits to both our physical and our mental health.

The great thing about it is that it is free. You don’t need an expensive gym membership nor do you need to pay a fee to go for a walk.

As long as you have a good pair of comfortable trainers, you can walk on a regular basis to boost your overall fitness. The more often you do it, the more strenuous routes you can start undertaking.

If you aren’t able to workout in a gym or go for a run, walking is as good an exercise as anything else to aid with your overall fitness and achieve your goals.

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