Mar 8, 2012

Walking Benefits - Let Spring Put a Spring in Your Step

There are few, unless physical circumstances prohibit it, who aren't able to enjoy the benefits that come from walking. Much has been written about it because it is one of the easiest forms of exercise to accomplish. My husband and I both walk as our primary form of exercise. Here are the benefits that we appreciate the most:

1. It's free! No monthly or annual dues to a gym.
 
2. We enjoy the outdoors whether it's here in our rural neighborhood with it's lake and woodlands, or for my husband, along the sidewalks in the neighborhood where his office is located.

3. You don't need any equipment except a good pair of walking shoes and if you like, an inexpensive pedometer to keep track of your miles. There is more elaborate equipment to measure heart rate, etc., but a pedometer is all I use.

4. You can even walk inside without a treadmill on rainy days...I use a Walking DVD that has you "walk in place" with some forward back and side to side movement right in my living room with Leslie Sansone.

5. It works the larger muscles of the legs and is a great cardiovascular workout, strengthening the heart.

6. It's great for a "sluggish colon", and will help to keep you regular.

These are just a few of the many benefits of walking, and as I've been sharing, we've had such a mild winter this year, there is no excuse for us not to be out there walking regularly. 

Updated 4/1/16

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