Did you know it’s more recommended by the American Heart Association than running? You can lose almost as many pounds when walking as you do when running. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to do brisk walking. If you cover the same distance, it would take you longer but you’d lose as much 80%-90% of what you’d lose when running without the added stress on your legs.
The force placed on your legs when running is seven times your body weight. This is how much strain your legs are put through when running and worse if you’re considered overweight or obese. If you're walking 10,000 steps a day, you burn 3,500 calories which means you lose about 1 pound just from walking.
Why aren’t more people doing it?
Most people want results fast so they don’t consider walking as an exercise, but if you think about it, we do this every day to get to work or even for leisure. Shopping at a mall for hours? Or strolling in the park? Or headed to work and then walking back home after? You’re covering your 10,000 steps without realizing it.
It’s a great way to destress, build healthy habits, and complement your diet. You don’t have to make much extra time for it because it’s already a part of your schedule. There are no necessary extra costs and you don’t have to worry about it matching your preferences.
Should I wear workout gear?
Workout clothes can help you stay comfortable during long walks, lessen the strain applied to your body, and prevent sweat from accumulating.
- Sports bras will help you improve your posture, especially the racerback. Bad posture has several long-term health complications like chronic pain in your spine, headaches and difficulty breathing. Good posture also creates an impression of being leaner.
- Walking pants should be comfortable and allow maximum movement like a pair of leggings. Additionally, they should be made of sweat-wicking fabric so moisture doesn’t stay in your clothes.
- Add layers to your outfit if you want to walk during colder weather. Wear a jacket in a windbreaking style.
- Bring water and drink every 20 minutes or every mile to keep yourself hydrated. Drink a glass before you start your walk and another when you finish. Infused water gives you additional nutrients and tastes better, encouraging you to drink more.
Ambition and wanting to make big changes are great but remember these would be easier to maintain if you start with small habits. Walking is a great beginning point towards a healthier lifestyle. Have you walked today? Consider it your start. Pat yourself on the back and keep it up!