Is walking really that good for you?

You may have heard people say, “I walk frequently, it\’s very good for you.” But is that really true?

¿Andar es bueno?

Walking has the following advantages:

1- It\’s a very easy, comfortable way of doing exercise.

2- You already know how to do it.

3- You can do it at any time of the day.

4- You don\’t need specialized equipment.

5- It\’s free.

6- It\’s appropriate for all ages.

If you want to take care of yourself and adopt a healthy lifestyle, do this:

1- Walk during your lunch break.

2- Walk during your breaks instead of drinking a cup of coffee.

3- Park your car at the furthest point in the parking area and walk to your destination.

4- Walk to see a friend at the office instead of calling him or her on the phone.

5- Take a stroll for 5 or 10 minutes whenever possible.

And remember … when in doubt, walk!

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  • Joel Hollis

    Walking is certainly very good for most of us.

    Because your body must support your weight and the impact forces as you walk, stress is placed on your skeletal system in addition to the muscles, connective tissue, and cardio-vascular system.

    This is true of running as well. The key difference between walking and running is simply that in walking, one foot is always on the ground (both feet briefly with each stride), while in running, never more than one foot is on the ground (both feet leave the ground with each stride). The advantage of walking is the stress is generally lower, particularly the impact stresses on bones and connective tissues. Thus, walking is much less likely to cause injuries.

    The disadvantage of walking is that the c-v stress tends to be lower. However, few of us need to run to push our c-v systems adequately. Walking at a brisk pace and increasing intensity by walking vigorously up hills is enough. If greater intensity is needed, some additional weight (vest, backpack) can provide that.

    If your goal is to be a competitive runner, you must train by running. If you goal is high levels of fitness and health, walking will get you there.

  • Rob Gall

    Ha thanks!
    I think it is a great start (walking).
    I have been walking for a year and four months now.
    Its certainly better walking for an hour to an hour and a half everyday than doing nothing.
    I am considering running but the thought of it is still not nice ;-) I am sure running/jogging is better for cardiovascular health etc.
    So i am intending to tale tit up at some point. However, I am thinking of cycling first!

  • Leon van Noorden

    People are made for walking! Not for sitting or driving. Running is an exceptional state , probably done in less than 1% of our time. It is only needed for hunting.

  • Kwietha Bolden

    Walking is less on all parts of the body.
    Less strain on knees and ankles… less pounding on the hard concrete. Rather you walk or run choose a soft ground… something that yeilds… concrete will tear up your back… Dirt, Track fielding and then tar…and then..

  • Cynthia Phillips

    I’m an advocate of any movement that aids the cardiovascular function of our bodies.
    Be it Dancing, Running, Skipping, Hopping, Jumping or walking!.
    The key is to do it briskly and with relish.

    The surfaces on which we choose to do these things can cause us joint problems…. so choose your platform wisely and enjoy it all.

  • Pam Barfield

    I think they both have advantages. Due to health and physical limitation, not everyone can run.

  • Ángel Jesús Martínez

    Gran artículo Fran. Andar es bueno, sin lugar a dudas. Cosa diferente es que para muchas personas sea suficiente. Por tiempo e intensidad, andar es un ejercicio que no llega al umbral de entrenamiento en algunos casos. Lo de andar esta genial, pero hay quien necesita más, mucha gente se escuda en que anda, para no hacer más ejercicio, pensando en que con eso ya consiguen estar sanos de sobra. Todos tenemos una vecina que dice “hijo, yo ejercicio, si no paro en todo el día, barriendo, planchando, andando a la compra”, pero todos sabemos que esa actividad física no tiene porque ser suficiente.

  • Mayda Losada

    Por supuesto que es cierto, la actividad física es beneficiosa para el organismo, incide de una forma positiva en la salud de los individuos, lo perjudicial es la inactividad. Andar, caminar o pasear como sea que le denominemos es uno de los ejercicios más simples y antiguos, estudios investigativos han demostrado sus beneficios pudiendo mencionar, mejoría en la autoestima, reducción del estrés, mejora la resistencia, ayuda en el control del peso, reduce el riesgo de enfermedades cerebrovasculares, la diabettes, la hipertensión entre otras.

  • Juan Martín Hoyos

    Caminar es saludable, mientras la persona que lo haga no experimente dolor o algún malestar al realizarlo. De 30 a 40 minutos de caminata es un ejercicio aeróbico con beneficio muscular, cardiometabólico, psicológico. Se debe realizar siempre que no tengamos algún impedimento físico.

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