Hopefully the message is clear: walking is one of the five best exercises you can do to improve your health according to Harvard Health Publications and many other health experts. Walking will help you maintain a healthy weight, and prevent various conditions like diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. It will likely help you think better and be more creative! This isn’t new, Henry David Thoreau describes this in his journal, “Methinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.” Some experts are now claiming a fifteen- minute walk reduces chocolate cravings! That one may require more research.
If you’re inspired to start walking, here is a great resource to get you started. It includes great tips on technique, staying motivated, and setting yourself up for success. This is important!
If you like a really clear plan, here is a 12-week walking schedule.
If you’re confused by too much information, stop worrying, “Getting out there and taking a walk is what it’s all about,” says James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., and a Mayo Clinic expert on obesity. “You don’t have to join a gym, you don’t have to check your pulse. You just have to switch off the TV, get off the sofa and go for a walk.”