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Walk to Health with the Best Walking Shoes

Updated on April 19, 2014

The best and easiest exercise

Walking is a low impact and gentle exercise which can be done safely by almost everyone. The best part is that it requires minimal equipment. You put on some loose-fitting clothes, get one of the best walking shoes, buy a pedometer to count your steps, and you are all set for your 30 minutes of workout session.

Take a look at some of the wonderful benefits of regular walking.

Walk for your health

Health benefits of walking

When you walk, you are exercising. It may be hard to believe for some people. However, it is true. Walking is a good exercise and research has proven that doing it regularly gets you similar benefits to a regular exercise routine. Furthermore, it can make it easier for you to transition from a nil exercise routine to a higher level of fitness routine.

So, here are some of the health benefits of regular walking:

  • Lowers the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol) and raises the level of HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves the health of your heart and lungs
  • Reduces joint and muscular pain or stiffness
  • Reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Improves bone health
  • Helps lose weight and maintain it at an optimal level
  • Improves mood
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Increases muscle strength and endurance

So, now you know what walking can do for you. Now, let's take a look at a few things you may want to begin your walking exercise.

Walking is the best exercise

Things you need for walking as an exercise

All you need to do to turn walking into an effective exercise is take a brisk walk for 30 minutes every day. Walking is a safe activity and does not usually lead to any injuries. You should wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes. A pedometer may come in handy for counting your steps and getting to the 10,000 steps a day mark.

You should do a few minutes of warm up exercises if you plan on going for some brisk walking to minimize injuries.

However, probably the most important thing that you need to achieve the benefits of walking is a comfortable pair of shoes. A good pair of shoes is a surefire way to prevent those irritating blisters and aching muscles.

Choosing the best walking shoes

Warming up and stretching before a session and cooling down after a walking session are surely important to prevent injuries to your body. However, putting on the right shoes is also necessary to prevent injuries to your muscles.

Simply said, your footwear should be as comfortable as possible. Spend some time in trying out and picking the right pair of walking shoes.

Make sure that the shoes have proper arch support. It should not be stiff but flexible. This will allow your foot to easily roll from heel to toe when you take a step. A stiff shoe will only put undue strain on your foot and cause pain.

Thick flexible soles will absorb shock and cushion your feet. Take a careful look at the heel. You don't want high heels here. In fact, it should be completely flat.

You may also want to consider factors such as your weight, your speed, and the surface of walking while picking the right pair for yourself.

Now, while you should consider the above factors in buying a pair of walking shoes, you should remember one thing. There is no hard and fast rule for picking the right pair. Of course, proper support, flexibility and cushioning are factors that you cannot ignore. However, these are factors that basically make a shoe comfortable to walk in.

The bottom line is that the best walking shoes is the one that fits you best and provides the best comfort to your feet. Walk around and see if your feet are comfortable. If yes, then you just found yourself a good pair!

The Best Walking Shoes

As mentioned above, you should pick the shoe that you feel is the best for you. However, if you are just getting started, here are a few options that are quite popular with walkers of all styles.

Start walking now!

Regular brisk walking for 30 minutes a day promotes good health and fitness. Now, that is a fact that is quite well-known. This is probably why more and more people are using this exercise to lose weight, manage their cholesterol levels, and just for maintaining good health and wellbeing.

However, keep in mind that the wrong kind of shoes may just put an undue strain on your feet, calf muscles, hips and back. This may lead to pain and injuries and just turn you off walking forever. So, make sure to pick the right walking shoes for reaping the benefits of this activity.

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