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The Pros and Cons of Walking as Exercise

Updated on November 13, 2012

Walking is a great way to get in shape. In fact, it's one of the best ways because it has many benefits. But, it also has some drawbacks as well. This hub looks at both.

Unlike exercises like cycling, where you are sitting done, walking has the benefit of being weight-bearing. This is an advantage because when you are supporting your own weight, you are using more muscle so it's very easy to burn more calories easier. Also, since it's easier to elevate your heart rate, you'll have more benefits to cardiovascular system as well.

Not only does it have some physical benefits, but it also has some socio-economic benefits as well. Compared to most forms of exercise, walking is relatively easy to get started. You don't need anything but a good pair of walking shoes and some comfortable clothes. You don't need a gym membership unless you live in a climate that has bad weather.

For cons, if you suffer from any joint ailments, walking may not be the best option. See, exercises that utilize your body weight might be too hard. In that case, you would benefit more from non-weight-bearing exercises.

Additionally, some people reach a point in their exercise where they start to plateau in their results and need to increase their intensity or add more variety. Walking is difficult to do either. If this is the case for you, you might need to increase the intensity by graduating to jogging.

Overall, walking is a great exercise and should be highly encouraged as an activity for exercise.

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