Walking is a low-aerobic activity. But even low-aerobic activity, if practiced regularly, delivers all the same health benefits as more taxing forms of exercise: greater endurance, lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, better weight maintenance, an elevated sense of well-being, and a drastically reduced risk of developing many serious medical conditions – including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, dementia, breast and prostate cancer, depression, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. That is an impressive list of health benefits.
The Sustainability Factor
Sustainability in a walking regimen shouldn’t be an issue. The great thing about walking is that all forms of it are created equal, so if we spend 30-60 minutes a day walking back and forth to work, to the store, or to visit family or friends, the effects are the same as if we only do it ‘as exercise.’ And if we are absolutely convinced that we need something more strenuous to attain peak health, we can always combine our walking with running, cycling, or participation in a team sport.
Walking is the most sustainable of all forms of exercise because we can fully integrate it with the rest of our lives – without stress, strain, inconvenience or disruption. Exercise is a lifestyle choice, but walking is just part of daily life. So if we just keep moving the way we were intended to, good health should come naturally,