Walking is THE MOST underestimated and underused, most beneficial exercise in the history of all fitness programmes.
Please if you do take anything away from this article, make it be that you start walking as often as possible.
If you want some knowledge from someone who got a C in a GCSE Maths exam without a calculator, pencil or a ruler then carry on reading.
Not relevant at all, still impressive.
I quite often have that inner battle with myself.
I used to think to myself, I’m not walking today. I’m going to have a rest day.
A rest day from what? Sitting most of the day on my laptop?
Then I regret not getting outside, I can’t sleep, get grumpy and brain fogged.
Not anymore. The habit is engraved into my brain and I walk everyday.
Why You Should Start Walking As Often As Possible
Helps with fat loss – You can expect to burn between 100-300 cals on a 30 minute walk depending on your weight. The heavier you are, the more calories you’ll burn.
Improves mood – This is for you grumpy man or emotional lady. Or grumpy lady and emotional man. Or grumpy, emotional non-binary individual.
How often have you sat around pissed off that you can’t do anything productive and just genuinely frustrated?
You stare into your laptop trying to think of what to do next. But the ideas aren’t there.
Literally 30 minutes of walking will make you feel energised, focused and creative.
Walk around the block. Walk to the shop. Walk over the fields. Don’t make an excuse. Just go.
If you have the opportunity to walk in nature around trees, then take it. There’s whole articles written on the benefits of walking in nature. Its not bullshit.
Walking reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke – These aren’t just old people illnesses (Sorry Grandad).
If you are stressed AND eating more than you should be your blood pressure might just slowly be increasing.
Vitamin D – You can still get Vitamin D from the sun when it’s not super sunny outside. The light itself from just being outside will suffice. Obviously Summer time is the most beneficial time for getting natural Vitamin D.
For an extra precaution, supplement with a Vitamin D tablet each morning. This is not something I do personally, but I go outside everyday.
Since Covid, even the ‘specialist doctors’ within the NHS have started recommending Vitamin D. Something that has been well known in Broscience for a long time.
There’s plenty of other benefits:
- Improved Joint Mobility
- Reduced feelings of depression and anxiety
- Improved Balance & Co-Ordination
If you can’t even be bothered to walk then you probably won’t be able to keep any other healthy habits you plan to do one day.
But I guarantee if you do, you’ll come home feeling just a bit less likely to scream into a pillow.
Going alone or with others has differing benefits.
Going alone gives you more clarity.
Going with others allows you to socialise much better than you would staring at the TV.
In summary, walking is beneficial for your mind and body and it’s a walk in the park 🚶♂️
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