Walking Works: Top 5 Benefits + Tips
I was doing some spring cleaning recently and found a note from Grandma Loretta saying maybe my clients would benefit from something like this. It was a list of the benefits of walking. I was really touched that my grandma thought of me but I remember thinking:
NO THIS IS NOT FOR MY CLIENTS. MY CLIENTS GO TO SPIN CLASS + DO CROSSFIT. THIS INFORMATION IS WAY TOO SIMPLE FOR MY CLIENTS.
This time when I read that list again I thought about my clients who swear by intense fitness classes. They are the same clients who are wondering why they aren’t supermodels because they work out so hard and yet sometimes it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
I thought about my clients who are struggling to get more exercise back into their lives but never do because they THINK they need to go to spin class and do crossfit and that just seems too complicated.
This note from Grandma had the simple solution to both scenarios. Walk. Just take a walk outside for 30 minutes 3-5 times a week.
THE EASIEST THING TO DO IS THE EASIEST NOT TO DO.
Sometimes we over complicate things. Exercise is a prime example.
Does walking really work? Yes!
TOP 5 BENEFITS OF WALKING
HELPS BALANCE THE NERVOUS SYSTEM, which will help you lose weight instead of intense exercise which CAN keep the body in the same flight or fight mode you’ve been in all day at work and therefore is not helping you lose weight.
HELPS STRENGTHEN YOUR BONES and stretches your hips, legs and back. This is especially great for those who sit at a computer or in a car all day.
RELEASES ENDORPHINS to help you feel good. Enjoy yourself. Exercise should not be a form of punishment.
SPEEDS UP YOUR METABOLISM and boosts your immunity. Yes please.
HELPS BALANCE BLOOD SUGAR so you don’t get those cravings in the afternoon.
TOP 5 TIPS FOR A GREAT WALK
WALK WITH INTENTION. Don’t stroll or frolick. Know that for the next 30 minutes it’s all about walking. That means no checking or talking on your phone Take the time to focus on your wellbeing. Be mindful about it.
LISTEN TO MUISIC if you’re in an urban setting. Create a 45 minute playlist of music you love so you can listen to it while you walk. If you’re walking in nature, it could be a great idea to go without music and just listen to the sounds around you: trees swaying, birds chirping, water flowing.
WATCH YOUR POSTURE. Tell yourself: shoulders back, abs in, tailbone down. Repeat this to yourself multiple times during your walk.
SET NEW ROUTES + ADD HILLS. This will keep you from getting bored and also keep your muscles guessing. Use Google’s Gmap Pedometer (gmap-pedometer.com) to map new paths in your neighborhood.
- BELIEVE THAT WALKING IS ENOUGH. This is especially for you over-achievers. You don’t have to overexert yourself to benefit from exercise. Believe that a good long brisk walk can help you just as much, if not more, than that bootcamp class to reduce stress, lose weight, and be happy!
Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. – Søren Kierkegaard
To your wellbeing!