The Benefits of Walking

Steele, PT, CSCS

Can something as functional as walking really lead to any noticeable health benefits?

I’m glad you asked because the answer is — YES! Regular walking can lead to many benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight, losing body fat, and preventing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and diabetes. Walking also improves overall energy levels and cardiovascular fitness.

Walking can be a great way for someone without any experience to get into an exercise routine. You don’t need to learn new movements or jump right into a specific program. It is also a great supplemental exercise to add to any workout routine to reap the additional benefits it brings!

Aside from the many physical benefits, walking also improves mood, cognition, memory, and sleep. Next time you’re having a rough day, try going for a brief walk and see how it improves your mood.

A consistent walking routine can also boost your immune system and reduce overall stress levels. There are countless ways that walking can benefit you both physically and mentally, all you need to do is take the first step.

There’s just one thing that you should keep in mind if walking is going to be your go-to form of exercise. If you walk a lot, your body will adapt and it will no longer be an exercise task. This means your body won’t respond the same way as someone who rarely incorporated long walks into their day. It is still great to be active instead of sedentary, but you may have to make an effort to add some additional walking outside of what is already included in your daily routine.

Count Your Steps and Record Your Progress with Sworkit

A great way to record your walks and count your steps is by using the Sworkit app. Sworkit now has the ability to count your steps by syncing with Apple Health, Google Fit, and Fitbit. Click here to learn more about how you can enable step counting with Sworkit!

Steele, PT, CSCS

I like long walks on... who am I kidding. I like crazy sports and fitness fun, which is probably why I decided to become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist! I’m also a Doctor of Physical Therapy and enjoy helping people reach their goals, whether they be fitness or functional! 👩‍⚕️🏋️‍♀️🏈
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