|Posted on April 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM|
When was the last time you took a nice long walk?
Whether you workout regularly or live a sedentary lifestyle, walking is a great activity to take up. Walking is fundamental to exercise and life in general. Think about it... What is the movement you perform most often?
We are always walking here or there or somewhere.
Walking is a great compliment to regular, more intense exercise. If you have sore muscles take a leisurely stroll though your neighborhood or even better- a local scenic path to loosen up those tight muscles. An elevated form of walking is hiking. There is nothing better than roaming a beautiful rugged terrain while burning some extra calories. Taking a walk or hike on the cliffs above the beach or through a towering redwood forest won't even feel like calorie burning when you are captivated by your surroundings. For this reason walking/hiking is great for those already at a good conditioning level- it burns extra calories without the drag.
For those less conditioned, walking is equally as important if not essential. Going for a walk first thing in the morning or after dinner or both are great for starting your quest for fitness. Those that are deconditioned can walk everyday without the worry of over-training- it's the easiest form of exercise, with the lowest injury risk and it can be the most leisurely.
Going for a walk with a friend is great for catching up with each other while staying active. Instead of chatting over coffee on the couch, get active, talk and walk. Kill two birds with one stone.
Whether you walk to get in shape, stay in shape or just burn extra calories while exploring your surroundings, you will be glad you did! I have never heard someone comeback from a walk and say, "Damn, I wish I wouldn't have done that! Why didn't I stay on the couch and eat a donut?"