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10 Things You Never Knew About Walking

You might have thought you knew all there is to know about walking, if you even thought about it at all! Truth is, walking is one of the easiest things to do if you want to be healthier.

Here we break down this simple activity and share with you 10 things you never knew about walking:

  1. Walking can help decrease the risk of heart attack, developing type 2 diabetes, and can even reduce the risk of bone fracture. Brisk walking can reduce stress and depression levels as well as improve cancer survival rates.

  2. If you’re sedentary (walk less than 5.000 steps a day), a walk around the block is a good place to start with if you just want to burn some calories and feel better overall. However, if you want to maximize the benefits of a walk you should focus on distance, duration or calories burned (all accessible on a pedometer or fitness tracker).

  3. Brisk walking also helps reduce body fat and it lowers blood pressure. While a slow stroll around the block might not do much when it comes to your weight, if you pick up the pace and try at least three 30-minute high intensity walks a week, and two steadier paced walks the rest of the week, you’ll end up seeing results.

  4. If you want to, you don’t have to be fast during a walking workout. Instead you can walk up a hill or double the duration of your normal walk.

  5. If you walk regularly (three or more times a week for at least 30 minutes) you will be saving $330 a year in health care, according to a survey published in The Physician and Sportsmedicine (a peer-reviewed monthly journal serving the practicing physician's professional and personal interests in the medical aspects of exercise, sports, and fitness).

  6. The proper footwear is almost as important, if not more, than stretching before a walk and staying hydrated. Wearing walking shoes that are comfortable right away and fit your feet can also help prevent injuries, such as blisters and calluses. Walking shoes should also be replaced after you’ve walked 500 miles in them.

  7. Walking can actually be considered a full-body exercise. The forward motion comes from the legs, but your arms and your core are at work too. In total, it requires about 200 muscles in total to take one step.

  8. Research shows that people who take up walking in nature are more creative than those sitting down indoors.

  9. Surprisingly, running for a mile burns essentially the same amount of calories as walking for a mile. If you run you’ll just reach your destination faster.

  10. Having someone to walk with actually improves your overall performance. You will burn more calories if you have someone to talk with, you can have fun competitions to see who walks the most steps and they’ll be there encouraging you when you don’t feel like going for your usual walk!

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