The average human walking speed is 3.1 mph. Walking at a slightly above average speed can reduce overall death by 20 to 24 percent. A person walks 65,000 miles in their lifetime which is equivalent to walking around planet Earth three times.
What are the Benefits of Walking?
- Walking can help you maintain a healthy weight and lose body fat and calories.
- Calorie burn is determined by how fast you walk, how long you walk, whether or not there was an incline, and your weight.
- Improve your cardiovascular fitness by going up hills or speed walking
- Prevent chronic illnesses such as heart disease, strokes, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
- By walking 30 minutes a day for 5 days of the week, you can reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by 19 percent.
- Strengthen your immune system and bones, and muscles
- When we don’t move around often, our joints and muscles weaken, so by walking at least 15 minutes a day, we are keeping our joints healthy
- It helps reduce stress and tension. It is also good to look at green plants and take a break from the screen
How is it Easy?
- Walking is beneficial for your health and the environment
- Instead of driving 5 minutes to run an errand, you can walk the 20 minutes it takes to get there and improve your health.
- If you take public transportation to your destination, consider getting off a few stops earlier and walking to your destination.
- Spend 10 minutes of your lunch break to take a walk and get fresh air outside of your workplace
- After meal strolls are often common and can help with digestion
There are precautions you should take before going on a walk for your safety
- You will of course want to wear comfortable shoes with arch support
- Clothing that is loosely fitted for when it gets warm while walking
- Reflective clothing if you’re walking at night
- Putting on sunscreen if you’re walking under the sun
- Before you start walking, make sure you stretch your muscles and warm-up
- Beware of your surroundings while walking, look out for potholes or cracks that you can trip over
Slowly building a walking routine and tracking your progress can show you how your health has improved. Similar to a gym buddy, you can make a walking buddy where you both take walks together!
Walking is beneficial for your health and can help prevent chronic illnesses with just a simple 10 to 20 minutes of your time daily.
Living It Up Anywhere
The idea of living your best life can be done anywhere, at any time, and all it really takes is a mindset shift. Take it one core lifestyle habit at a time, whether that is eating healthy and less, daily exercise, quitting bad habits, getting a routine checkup, or being positive. Take a chance today to Live It Up!