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You might not think walking is a heart-pumping exercise, but you should! It is not only an excellent cardiovascular activity with many health benefits, but it is also a great way to boost your mood, improve your self-esteem, and open your own creativity.
Walking burns fat and calories just like running, but it is much easier on your joints and body. The health benefits are numerous:
Decreases risk of cardiovascular disease.
Decreases risk of Type 2 diabetes.
Lowers blood pressure.
Increases cognitive function.
Improves your mental health.
Fights Dementia and much more!
And guess what? You don’t really need to take 10,000 steps a day! Although that number certainly couldn’t hurt you, research in Jama Internal Medicine has found that you can benefit from walking in as little as 4,400 steps per day. And it doesn’t matter how fast you walk; casual walking reaps the same health benefits.
Dr. Matt Tanneberg, Chiropractor in Scottsdale, Arizona says, “Ten thousand steps per day is not the end all be all goal for everyone. We are all individuals and need to find our own subjective, individualized answer to our health…The goal of fitness and exercise is to better yourself physically and to mentally decompress. (“Health Debunked: Do You Need to Take 10,000 Steps a Day?”) If you are able to hit 10,000 steps per day, that is great. However, don’t stress about not always hitting that number.”
As you can see, any activity is better than no activity at all. Instead of focusing on steps, just focus on moving your body daily, whether it’s through walking or with some other kind of physical activity.
If I can do it, anyone can do it! - Christie Pham
Christie Pham was in a dark place. She had suffered a miscarriage which took a toll on her mental and physical health. She knew she had to make a change, so she decided to commit to walking every day for 100 days. At first, she started alone, but later joined a support group and the results were astounding!
“When I first started to walk in my hilly neighborhood, I had to stop and slow down along the way. Now, those same hills are a breeze. My body changed too. Inches were coming off, I had more energy and reduced depression and anxiety,” said Christie on the Today Show, June 22, 2022.
Christie transformed her life simply by walking every day. After reaching her 100-day goal, she continues to walk and has made it an integral and permanent part of her life.
“And you don’t have to walk miles”, said Christie, “I started with 20 minutes and I’m up to two miles a day, and that can change your life - It can change your body.”
As you can see, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to benefit from exercise, nor do you need to be in tip-top shape. All you need to do is start wherever you are right now. Just start!
You can also make walking more fun by visiting places you enjoy, like a park, plaza, or shopping center. Listen to your favorite music, although I strongly suggest connecting to nature when you walk. Being in nature has proven to better your mental and overall health.
Why not get the entire family involved and make it a group effort? Not only will you bond more, but you will also have fun in the process. But you don't have to walk with anyone, you can walk alone and enjoy the time to connect with yourself. It's a great way to self-introspect while also practicing self-love.
If you need a little motivation to get started or are one of those people who do better with a group, you might want to consider walking with 99 Wallks.
So, what are you waiting for? Transform your life through walking and take your first step today!
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She has several years of experience in content writing, copywriting, and social media strategies. She is a diarist, ghostwriter, and the author of Passion of Flames. Isabella has special interests in fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and natural healing as it pertains the body, mind, and soul. When she is not writing, Isabella enjoys playing the violin, learning new languages, and reading books of substance.