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Walking To Keep Fit

Sometimes the very idea of daily exercise can seem overwhelming to people. I get it. Particularly for clients who have children — especially young children. I know that when you’re in a situation when you barely have enough time to blow-dry your hair, it’s hardly going to seem possible to fit in a workout.

I continuously tell clients that if nothing else works for their schedule that they should start to walk as much as they can on a daily basis. Even if it’s just parking your car a good distance from the entrance to the store or walking your kids to and from school, this effort is going to add up and pay off. Walking is the most inexpensive and efficient form of exercise available for most of us. So how good is walking for your health? Here are my top picks for the five healthy benefits of walking.

When you walk, you lower your risk for many diseases. Yes, a regular walking habit can help reduce diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease. (American Heart Association) Regular walking is also associated with the prevention of dementia. Numerous studies have shown that moderate exercise not only benefits our bodies but it also aids minds by contributing to continued brain growth and cognitive abilities.

Walking outdoors increases vitamin D. Vitamin D is something we all need for optimum health, especially women. Living in areas of the world, like the UK, that receive less frequent bouts of steady sunshine can make it difficult to receive the full benefits of Vitamin D absorption. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone loss and decreased immunity, so it is crucial to get outside for a minimum of ten minutes per day to receive the full benefits of the sun.

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Why you should start walking

When you walk, you lower your risk for many diseases. Yes, a regular walking habit can help reduce diseases such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary heart disease. (American Heart Association) Regular walking is also associated with the prevention of dementia. Numerous studies have shown that moderate exercise not only benefits our bodies but it also aids minds by contributing to continued brain growth and cognitive abilities.

Walking outdoors increases vitamin D. Vitamin D is something we all need for optimum health, especially women. Living in areas of the world, like the UK, that receive less frequent bouts of steady sunshine can make it difficult to receive the full benefits of Vitamin D absorption. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone loss and decreased immunity, so it is crucial to get outside for a minimum of ten minutes per day to receive the full benefits of the sun.

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Improved balance and coordination. Our sense of balance and coordination tend to decrease as we age and with this reduction can come an increased risk of unforeseen slips and falls. Regular walking helps to strengthen the muscle groups of the lower body. Adding in 30 minutes of walking five days per week can send you on your way to improved overall agility.

Walk to maintain a healthy weight. Everyone knows that increased physical activity contributes to overall their overall health. However, not everyone knows just how beneficial walking can be regarding weight loss and maintenance. For example, walking at a speed of 4 miles per hour for just 30 minutes can burn 150 calories or more. Your overall walking calorie burn can increase by maintaining a faster stride/pace, adding light weights (or a stroller), and travelling longer distances so, lace up and hit the pavement for a healthy weight!

Improved moods and overall mental health. Life comes with continuous stressors, doesn’t it? All of us can slip into a funk or bad mood on occasion. Fortunately, daily walking for as little as 20 minutes can provide us with the endorphins needed to keep our stress at bay and our spirits elevated. In fact, some studies have shown that exercise — such as walking — can be as effective as low-dose antidepressants in moderate cases of depression.


You don’t need to commit to a particular fitness class or regimen to keep active and happy. When it comes to getting a move on, walking is good for the body, mind, and soul.

Happy trails!