Walking as exercise does not always get the respect it deserves (apparently) so here is a great article to ‘BUST’ three common walking myths.
Myth 1 – 10 000 steps is the Holy Grail of walking
10,000 steps is often the target set by various types of fitness tracker and studies do show that 10,000 steps per day is associated with lower blood pressure. However the idea of walking 5 miles per day can feel overwhelming if you are new to exercise. There is benefit with small amounts of walking and those increase with the more steps you walk each day.
Myth 2 – Walking doesn’t help with weight loss
Walking works for weight loss! A slow stroll around the block won’t help much but a brisk stride out with an SE Fitness group a couple of times per week can help. Varying the pace of your walk so that at regular intervals you really pick the pace up can have a major impact.
Myth 3 – Walking is only for those who can’t run
Walking can be a ‘gateway exercise’ that helps new exercisers improve their cardiovascular fitness before moving to running but not all walkers want to run – and that’s fine! Walking is a good exercise for everyone. A study found that rates of hypertension, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes were lower for regular walkers than runners.
Start walking today – you will instantly feel better and know you’re doing something good for your body, mind and soul.
For the full article click here: http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/common-walking-myths/