Why is walking the most underrated form of exercise?

Why is walking the most underrated form of exercise?

To stay fit and healthy, the NHS advises adults to do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week or around 20 to 30 minutes a day, but this may be difficult to achieve while homebound.

In response to the crisis, a variety of digital offerings have sprung up to ensure people can continue exercise while social distancing, however, many seem to have forgotten that walking is also a form of exercising.

Walking regularly helps to improve your sleep and your mood, as well as increasing focus and reducing stress.

It’ll also help promote long-term healthy family exercise habits as it can be a perfect excuse to leave the car at home and walk to the shops as a family, instead.

You may think that walking doesn’t count as exercise, given it’s low- intensity nature, however, there are many benefits that we shouldn’t ignore as it:

  • Reduces risk of heart and cardiovascular disease
  • Helps weight loss
  • Increases lung capacity
  • Increases stamina
  • Reduces blood pressure
  • Strengthens bones
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Helps to supply the brain with oxygen and glucose which helps the brain to function more efficiently.
  • Reduces stress/depression

Walking more will help improve your health, both physically and mentally.

So where are your walking shoes? Ready, set, goo!

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