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.
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