Among the many physical activities out there, walking seems to be the most underrated. It lacks the excitement of circuit training, the competitiveness of mixed martial arts, and grace of dance or figure skating.
While walking may not be up there in the league of popular workouts, it still deserves a hall-of-fame kind of recognition as far as beneficial exercises go, especially for those training to prevent heart problems and those aiming to have better overall health.
So, for fairness’ sake, we are giving walking the much-needed honor it deserves with these sets of facts many may not know about. Hopefully, this will make many realize that there is more to walking, than just getting from point A to point B.
1. Ambulation is another term for walking. The term “walk” is from the Old English wealcan which means to roll or toss.
2. Experts suggest walking 6,000 steps a day to improve health and 10,000 steps a day to lose weight. These may seem large numbers to you, but then if you try to add a little fun to your walking exercise, you wouldn’t feel the 10, 000 steps at all.
3. A person would need to walk seven hours to burn off a Super-Sized Coke, fries, and a Big Mac. You may want to watch what you eat next time.
4. Racewalking has been an official Olympic sport for over 90 years. Distances vary from 1 mile to 95 miles. Racewalking usually is not the most popular sport of the Olympics. Do not underestimate walking.
5. Brisk walking helps reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and increase high-density lipoprotein. It’s indeed better than running or jogging. It even helps you maintain a healthy weight and improve your mood and coordination to avoid future heart problems. Don’t wait ‘til it’s too late; do it now.
6. If you want to lose weight, it’s best to walk longer in a moderate paced walk. It would take you 40 minutes at 60-65% maximum heart rate. You can also opt to shorten the time but you have to speed up a bit—It would usually take you 20-25 minutes at 75-85% heart rate. Choose what’s best for your heart and lungs.
7. Walking is indeed different from running. With it being less stressful for your body, it burns more fat than running. Your fat is being used as a fuel while exercising at a lower intensity.
8. A maximum of 30 minutes of walking everyday could benefit your overall health more. Thus, it helps if you avoid from doing anything that can cause you heart problems. It strengthen your bones, reduce body fat, revitalize muscle endurance and improve your cardiovascular fitness.
9. Brisk walking for 15 minutes in one mile burns approximately the same amount of calories as you would with jogging for the same distance in 8.5 minutes.
10. Walking can also lower your risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol, which are risk factors in getting cardiovascular problems or worst, stroke.
11. You would not believe that in 1970, 66% of children walked to school, which is a big stretch from the 13% of students who walk to school today. This just indicates that parents should encourage their children to walk more for healthy lifestyle.
12. Even experts suggest that walking can help decrease the risk of heart problems and other illnesses like Diabetes and bone fracture. In addition, brisk walking can reduce stress and depression levels. Walking won’t hurt you and will definitely bring massive returns afterwards.
13. The world is about 25,000 miles in circumference, a person can walk around the world nonstop in 347 days with the average walking rate of 3 miles per hour.
14. 2,000 steps which is equivalent to a 20-minute walk is also equal to mile. It’s just 20 minutes of your day which can benefit you. The little things count in your health, which all make sense as you continue to age.
15. Walking around 20-25 miles per week may extend your life by more years compared to people who do not walk. By doing something as simple as walking, you will be able to give your heart a favor.
The more we know about walking, the more we come to appreciate it. In the same manner, the more we DO walking, the more we can look forward for a healthier and more energetic life.
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