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Walking /wawk´ing/

Definition. Walking is a slow to moderate paced movement in which each foot is lifted off the ground and set down in turn. One foot is always in contact with the ground.

Walking is an excellent and accessible form of exercise that boasts many health benefits:
  • Better sleep, mood, and memory. Walking can boost your mood by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good hormones. Regular walkers often report improved sleep patterns.
  • Strengthens bones and muscles, and increase endurance.
  • Weight management. Walking, especially at a brisk pace, can help burn calories and contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Disease prevention. Walking regularly can help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by improving cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness. Regular walking can help prevent various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Walking regularly can help reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
  • Better immune function. Regular walking can strengthen your immune system and help your body fight off disease during cold and flu season.
  • Reduced joint pain. Walking can help protect the joints, including your knees and hips, by lubricating them and strengthening the muscles that support them, and may even prevent arthritis.

Beginner

If you’re just starting out, remember to pace yourself. Being motivated is great – and you’ll want to stay that way. So challenge yourself, but don’t push too hard. Workouts shouldn’t be painful or agonizing.

Find out many calories you’re burning. This calculator will determine how many calories you burn walking based on your weight, walking speed, and whether you’re walking on the flat or uphill.

Weight Loss

Diet is the key to weight loss, but walking can make a huge difference. Why? Because you can always add an extra few minutes of walking throughout the day, without making it an “official” workout. Research shows that lean people walked or stood for two hours longer per day than people who were obese.1

Walking in the Great Outdoors

Walking in nature = Hiking

Level Up

Ready to level up and turn your walk into a run? It’s not intimidating. Really. All you need is a run-walk plan, that’ll gradually take you from walking to jogging.

Body Type

Knowing your body type can help you find exercises you might enjoy more or help you tailor your workouts to your specific needs.

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