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The Benefits of Walking

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

Granted walking isn't going to help you gain muscle, build strength or be able to squat more BUT it is so simple yet has so many other benefits. The World Health Organisation recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week for persons aged between 16-64. This also equates to only 7000-8000 steps a day. A brisk walk as a guideline is 3 miles an hour, faster than a stroll. A brisk 10 minute walk will count towards your 150 minutes a week and is a great place to start.

Physical Benefits

- Cardiovascular and pulmonary fitness

- Helps you get into a routine

- Improves the management of blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and muscle and joint stiffness

- Improves sleep quality

Psychosocial Benefits

- No Expense

- Social: Go with friends, let new people

- Improves self-perception and self-esteem

- Gives you the time to unwind and reflect in the busy lives we all lead today

- Improves mood

- Help reduce stress and anxiety

How long you walk for depends on your abilities and time constraints. If you are looking at starting walking it may be worth starting with a brisk 10 minute walk and build it up as you feel ready.

To keep it interesting change terrain, change places, change who you go with, listen to music! The list goes on and on.



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