Walking to a Healthy Lifestyle

Benefits of Walking and Tips to Get Started

Looking to build a healthier lifestyle but unsure about where to begin? You may want to consider walking as a form of exercise!

Walking is much more than simply a way to get from point A to point B; it has a myriad of benefits as its own sport and can also be a fantastic way to build up to running, too. 

Benefits of Walking

Walking also has a large number of health benefits. For those hoping to ease into a running regimen, walking allows your body to grow accustomed to the motions associated with jogging.

Regular walking can help you lose weight, build muscle, and improve your cardiovascular health. The American Heart Association reports that walking can reduce your chances of diabetes as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol. It can even lower your risk for certain types of cancers.

Additionally, walking has benefits for your mental and emotional health. Like other forms of exercise, it boosts your endorphin levels, which can help improve your mood and reduce stress.

Get Started Walking!

Walking is an easy, convenient way to build a healthier, happier lifestyle. Whether you’re starting a workout routine from scratch or adding another activity to your exercise plan, walking could be a great option for you!

As with any form of exercise, it’s important to ease your body into a new walking regimen. Start with shorter walks and then gradually add time and distance to your walking workouts as your body gets used to the exercise.

You should try to incorporate walks into your daily or weekly routine so that they become an exercise habit. Joining a training group to meet other walkers in your community, and work toward a common goal. Enlisting a walking partner or group can help keep you accountable while providing a fantastic social opportunity!

While building your walking regimen, you should make sure to record your progress so that you can track all of the fitness goals that you’ve achieved and decide what you want to accomplish next. 

The Best Fit for Walking Shoes

"I’m a walker. Is it OK to wear a running shoe?" This is a great question, and we have an answer — yes! 

Running shoes offer more variety of cushioning and support features than can be found in most walking shoes. In fact, “walking shoes” are really running shoes with a heavier, non-mesh upper. Because of this, walking shoes tend to be heavier and not as breathable as running shoes.

While some walkers do well with a walking shoe, most walkers are successful with running shoes at distances ranging from a couple of miles to a marathon. Stop by our store and let one of our friendly staff members find a shoe that fits you and your exercise goals!

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