Walking often gets overlooked as exercise. People think that walking “just isn’t good enough”. The truth is, every step of activity counts. While walking may not burn as many calories of some other forms of exercise, it is still a great activity to take part in to stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following options for individuals to see healthly benefits:
1)150 min of walking (or moderate-intesity activity) + 2 days of muscle strengthening per week
2) 75 min of running (or vigorous-intensity activity + 2 days of muscle strengthening per week
3) A mix of aerobic activity and muscle strengthening activity that works all major muscle groups 2 or more days of the week
Therefore, walking is an excellent form of exercise to help individuals stay healthy. Some people might think 150 min is a lot, but really that is just fifteen 10 min sessions per week. That would be three 10 minute sessions per day. Think, 10 whole minutes where you can relax, relieve stress, and help your body to stay healthy. I think it’s a win-win situation. Here’s to the exercise that is criticized! Walk on my friends!