Walking is So the New Running

walking exercise

Wanna go for a walk?

If you haven’t exercised in a while (me) or super stressed out, go for walk. It’s a low impact exercise you can do everyday. It’s a great way to start moving again.

Grab your favorite tennis shoes, slide them on and go for a walk through your neighborhood. I love walking by water whether it’s a local lake or pond or on the beach. If it’s pouring down raining, do crunches during commercial breaks at home while you’re watching TV. Simple movements make the biggest difference. (Yes, take the stairs.)

I’m obsessed with my Apple Watch. It’s one of those things you never knew you needed and know you can’t live without! Mix up your routine with your new Apple Watch that will probably make you want to walk because it’s that cool. You can track your steps, listen to music, or call a friend! Yep, all on your walk on your Apple Watch.

But sometimes, you won’t want the noise. The great thing about walking is that it’s also relaxing and I don’t think just because it releases endorphins. There’s something peaceful about being outside, walking, breathing in fresh air and enjoying the moment.

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The Different Benefits of Walking 

If you aren’t reading a magazine walking on an inclined treadmill, you’re most likely walking outside in the sunshine. That alone will boost your mood and spirit as you release feel good endorphins, soak up some vitamin D and inhale that crispy fresh air.

If you live in a big city or the pollution is particularly bad in your area, head to the beach or a park to find better air quality. It will still be much better than the air quality in your house or in a gym. 1, 2, 3, go!

Walking, obv, helps you get to or stay at a healthy weight. Consistency is key, but consistency is also key in maintaining a healthy diet. I get that life gets in the way and that it’s by no means easy, but that’s why walking is the new running, because you can start today and will reap so many benefits. From your weight, strength, heart, mind and mood, walking starts helping you the very first step.

BTW, sometimes when I’m walking I’ll swing my arms in loops or flex my abs or raise my calves a little higher for a little extra exercise or movement. It’s in the deets! Walking strengthens and tones your body either way, and as you get more fit, you might have more energy. Consider adding weight lifting or boxing or yoga or rock climbing or swimming once in a while in addition to your daily walks.

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The point is to just start where you’re at and stay consistent. If you can only walk to your mailbox and back on your first walk, I’m freaking proud of you and you should be too. Stick with it and see how you start feeling. Don’t expect rapid weight loss results, but know that every time you walk, your heart is getting stronger, better at pumping blood through your body, strengthening your leg muscles and body overall.

Eventually, yes, you will lose weight just by going for a walk everyday. Take your kids with you, or your dog, or your whole family and if you walk by yourself, there will be beautiful moments there too like looking at the clouds in the sky and stopping to smell the roses. Yeah, always remember to stop and smell the roses.

XOXO,

AOK