Thursday, January 16, 2014

This is Why You Need to Walk

I walk and/or hike nearly every day.  Sure there are plenty of other things I could be doing and walking is hardly as brag-worthy as doing a P90x workout or climbing a mountain but it is great exercise and it's as simple as putting on a pair of shoes and walking out the door.  Here are 10 reasons you need to walk every day.  Starting today.

  1. It's easy.  You already know how to walk and have been doing it practically since you were born.  There is very little learning curve for this sport.
  2. It's convenient.  There is no class time you need to put into your calendar.  You can walk anytime, 24 hours a day.
  3. It's inexpensive.  Granted you can deck yourself out in all kinds of fanciness but really all you need is a good pair of shoes.  Compared to greens fees and putters, walking is practically free.
  4. It can be as competitive or non-competitive as you like.  Most walkers just walk.  Others rack up the kilometers to staggering heights with the AVA (a guy I know just passed 20,000 kilometers walked. Wow).
  5. It can be as social or non-social as you like.  Some people prefer to walk alone, others walk with a neighbor, still others walk with groups (like this or this)
  6. The kind of walking you do can range from simple--a two mile jaunt through your neighborhood--to massive (read these trail journals)
  7. Externally your bod will look good.  Walking makes your entire core strong and happy.
  8. Internally your bod will look good (to your doctor at least).  Walking every single day tends to have a positive impact on such things as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, depression, etc.
  9. Have you ever heard of a disaster where they people caught in it don't need to run away?  Whether there is an active shooter or you need to flee from a natural disaster, evacuating usually requires some physical ability and some physical endurance both of which you will have after walking regularly.
  10.  You can cut out a number of bills by walking: gym membership, the dog walker, gas for your car (walk to do your errands), doctor's visits, you may even be able to get rid of your car all together if you live in a place that is very walkable and has a good public transportation system for longer distances.
Go. Walk.

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