Anecdotally, we all know that walking is good for you. Even ancient Greek philosopher stated that “walking is man’s best medicine.” Getting out and walking makes us feel good. It stretches our muscles, gets air into our lungs and burns calories. After a walk are more alert and better able to function during the day.
To achieve these benefits we don’t have to walk as far as we think. Studies show that walking as little as a mile a day, six days a week has significant benefits. Amazingly, to get these benefits you don’t even know have to walk particularly fast. Walking speeds as pedestrian as 30 minutes per mile are fast enough to reap the health rewards. The benefits to your health included a significantly lower death rate and a lower risk of coronary heart disease.
These benefits can be achieved by other activities like running, but at a much lower stress level. Runners have between 15 to 20’ve coached, we’ve always said become a walker and you will start an activity that you can do for life. However, contrary to popular belief, running won’t increase your energy level throughout the day more than walking. In fact, one study in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatic stated that people working out at a higher intensity reported a lower gain in energy level than those who worked out at a lower intensity.
Some might complain that walking isn’t challenging enough and not worth their time. However, walking is an activity that can be pushed to any level of intensity you desire. Fit pedestrian walkers can achieve a comfortable pace of 20 minutes per mile. Health walkers and power walkers can lower their mile pace to 12 to 15 minutes per mile. Race walkers can speed along from 12 minutes per down to a sub 6 minute mile.
An interesting perspective on walking was written by Edward Phillips, MD, Harvard Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for my first book entitled Walk Like an Athlete.
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