Alright movers, listen up. We’re no stranger to different types of movement around here. At MoveCollective we run, ski, swim, cycle and love our HIIT workouts just as much as the next person.
But today we’re making a case for one of the simplest ways to get more movement into your lifestyle – walking.
Before you object because it’s “boring” or “not intense enough” hear us out on why we think walking is a top movement choice for 2021.
First of all, let’s get the benefits out of the way.
You’ve likely heard that approximately 30 minutes of walking a day (whether all at once or in multiple sessions) has been shown to aid weight loss, improve their heart health, increase endurance and improve mental well-being.
Researchers found taking around 8,000 steps a day was linked with a 51 per cent lower risk of death from any cause, compared with taking 4,000 steps. Taking 12,000 steps a day was linked with a 65% lower risk compared to taking 4,000 steps a day.
Walking is a full-body movement. It gets everything – including your mental wellbeing. The mental wellbeing benefits increase if you walk outside in nature.
What makes walking a particularly good choice for 2021 is the ability to make a consistent routine out of it. Since we’ve seen so many on and off closures with gyms and fitness studios, walking is one activity that you can do regardless.
It’s also low-stress on your body and low-impact on your joints. This makes walking an ideal activity for anyone across different ages and stages of life.
Get Your Walk On
Virtually no equipment is required to get started. It’s recommended that you have a good pair of running shoes that fit well and are comfortable.
You’re only limited by your creativity. You can step outside your front door and walk your block, or drive to the nearest scenic trail and walk through the woods. Look for hills or hiking trails if you’re up for more of a challenge. You can get together with a group of friends, or make it a solo adventure with a podcast or music on your earbuds.
Walking to do your errands, to stop by a friend’s place, or to your appointments is a good way to get more exercise in.
As with any type of exercise, consistency is key to seeing results. Whether you’re an athlete, or someone who’s more sedentary, you’ll be surprised at the benefits you can see from walking when you do it regularly.