If you don’t feel like hitting the gym, a long walk may be just what the doctor ordered.
Even a short walk can bring benefits—a quick stroll around the neighborhood can make a real difference in your physical and emotional health. Higher confidence and productivity are simply an added bonus.
How Much Should You Walk for Good Health?
You might have heard of the mythical 10,000 steps we’re meant to hit each day. This is a fantastic goal and absolutely worth the effort if you can make time. However, your quota doesn’t need to be quite that high—or even in step format.
That’s right. Walking briskly for just a half-hour most days of the week can offer serious health advantages. (“Briskly,” for those who are curious, means you can still talk but your heart rate is elevated.)
While walking poses few health risks, people with medical conditions should consult a doctor before starting a new exercise routine or making changes to their existing one.
Make Walking a Part of Your Life
Don’t have time to walk for 30 minutes straight? Try several smaller bouts of 10 or 15 minutes a few times each day, and complete longer sessions when possible.
Here are some tips for integrating walking in your life:
Take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible.
Walk to your destination when you can.
Park slightly farther away than necessary (in safe areas).
Another strategy is to adopt a dog. This may sound tongue-in-cheek, but hear me out: Caring for a dog will force you to build a consistent walking routine. If you already have a dog in the house, then I’m fairly confident you already know what I’m talking about.
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