Walking workouts are a great way to burn calories without the pounding impact on your joints or the environment.
More than being a great casual workout, walking has been proven to:
-Fight Stress: Exercise naturally helps you let off steam, but if you take longer, slower breathes as you stride you will find that you are able to calm your mind, yes even while getting your heart rate up! Another trick? Count your steps. One, Two, One, Two… when your mind gets into a rhythm like that it naturally relaxes. Another rhythm is with your body- focus on your arm pump and how it relates to your step stride. Creating repetitive patterns is an instant easer.
-Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol ("bad" cholesterol)
- Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ("good" cholesterol)
-Regulate blood pressure
-Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
-Improve your Mood and Boost your Ego: Studies show that regardless of size or shape, people who workout feel better about their bodies than those who don't. And the most uplifting ego-boosting exercise? Low to medium intensity cardio exercise- like walking. The reason for the so-called "runner's high" without the running? After 20 minutes of cardio your brain naturally releases Endorphins- essentially happy-making chemicals. Then, after 30 minutes of cardio Cortisol levels- the stress chemical- decrease, making you feel happier and less anxious....and of course, Lose Weight
But a walk can be even more beneficial by amping it up! Keep reading to learn how!