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11 Reasons Why Walking Is The Best Exercise

Updated on March 19, 2013

Take A Step Outside, And Walk To Fitness!

Though we are all aware that to stay healthy we need to exercise, it can often seem difficult to incorporate it into our busy lives. Often, we associate exercise as meaning joining a gym , taking up a sport or even getting a professional trainer.All these can add to the expense of our every day lives and for many, in these difficult financial times, the costs can be prohibitive.

Sometimes we miss the obvious; walking is free! It is also one of the best forms of exercise and because of the reasons listed, takes the best exercise top spot.

Walking in the woods
Walking in the woods
Coastal walking
Coastal walking

Our bodies are designed for walking. It is a gentle form of exercise that our bodies are designed to do, compared with a lot of other sports that can put strains and stresses on the body. As such, there is little risk of injury.

No equipment required. Walking requires nothing more than comfortable clothing and shoes in order to enjoy it. Yes, specialist equipment and clothing can be bought but, at its most basic, a good walk requires nothing more than what we would normally wear.

It can be used as a form of transport. Not only is it a good exercise, it can be incorporated into our lives, replacing other ways of getting from A to B. No having to buy a ticket, wait for a bus, maintain a car or bike or any of the hassles involved with other forms of getting around.

Enjoy seeing things at a different pace. Chances are, new views in familiar areas will be experienced. Speeding past in or on a vehicle reduces the chance of them being seen or enjoyed. Taking in a view, watching a bird flying overhead or stopping to smell a flower is easy to do when walking.

Walking can be done anywhere. Anywhere that steps can be taken, walking can be done. It doesn't need to be done in a designated area or where specialist pieces of equipment are available, or within certain opening times. At its very minimum, even a walk around the corridors of a building, at a brisk pace can be of benefit.

No time limits. A quick 10 minutes walk can sometimes be enough to stretch the limbs and refresh the body. Alternatively, there are no limits to how long the walk can be. It is entirely up to the individual.

Well trodden footpath
Well trodden footpath
Experiencing the elements
Experiencing the elements

Incorporate into everyday life. Unlike a lot of exercise and sports, walking can be incorporated with very little change to most people’s days. Even on a busy day, something as simple as parking a bit further away from work and walking the remaining distance will enable some exercise to be taken without having much of an impact on the day’s plans.

Doesn't need to be learnt. Unlike sports with rules and skills, or equipment with user instructions, walking is something we do naturally, without having to read the rule book or instruction manual.

It can be done while away from home. No needing to cart equipment on holiday or book into sports facilities when arriving. That means more space in your luggage for souvenirs and less money needed to pay for facility fees.

Appreciate the elements. Experiencing the diverse weather conditions of the different seasons is something we can loose experience of, being cocooned in our temperature regulated cars and buildings. And, unlike some sports, activities or forms of exercise, walking isn't weather dependent. Glorious sunshine, foot deep in snow, or torrential downpour; it's still possible to take a walk.

Can be done in any number. Walking can be done alone, providing space to think without being disturb and release stresses and strains of life. It can also be done with others, in any size of group. It is a great way to socialise with other people of all ages and abilities. Walking is a great way to enjoy each others company.

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      Adrian Smith 4 years ago from UK

      Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you found the ideas informative.

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      passionate77 4 years ago

      very nice and informative hub giving lot of different ideas for more enjoyment while walking, enjoyed your post, stay always blessed jasmith!

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      That's so great to hear Chris! Walking is such a powerful exercise (and easy and free!). The walks you and your wife do sound fantastic!

      Thanks for the vote up and poll feedback Chris!



      ps - Hawaii is on my to visit list - it looks exactly the kind of place I would love!

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      chrisinhawaii 5 years ago

      Love it! My wife and I go for a walk almost every evening. That alone has helped both of us to drop several pounds, and with a few tweaks to the diet...a few more pounds on top of that.

      And you're absolutely right about slowing down and enjoying the view...she takes pictures with her iPhone almost every time we go walk. Very relaxing.

      Voted up, and it looks like I'm the first to vote in the poll, too. Aloha Jen