Walking is an excellent exercise for beginners and avid athletes as well. The low-impact exercise is safe, simple and gentle on your body, and can ease you into a higher level of fitness and
health, according to an article posted on mayoclinic.com.
The website also lists some of the amazing things walking can do for you including:
Walking is also good for your heart. Ladies, listen up: A Harvard study recently revealed that walking at a moderate pace of 3 miles per hour for up to three hours a week -- or 30 minutes a day -- can slash the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40 percent! Benefits to men were comparable.
The Department of Cambridge Community Development website also states that walking improves circulation, helps breathing, combats depression, boosts your immune system, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
Walking is practically a no-risk exercise. According to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports website, it has the lowest rate of injury of any form of exercise. It's also free, and you can do it anywhere at anytime!
If you think that walking doesn't provide enough of a workout, consider this: One study from the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports showed that jogging a mile in 8-1/2 minutes burns just 26 more calories than walking a mile in 12 minutes. If you can increase your pace to more than 3 miles per hour (a 20-minute mile), you stand to burn an average of 66 calories per mile. Up that pace to 5 miles per hour and you can burn 124 calories per mile!
To make the most of your walk:
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