Although most people seem to believe it, exercise doesn’t start in the gym. It can be as simple as taking a walk.
Taking a walk is a great thing to do. Steve Jobs always took walking meetings and he wasn’t the only one. At his side were Aristotle, Charles Dickens, Harry S. Truman and Sigmund Freud.
Walking is a great way to prevent sitting, which researchers identified as the new smoking, since the more you sit, the higher your mortality risk from every cause. On average we are sitting 9.3 hours a day, which is more than we sleep, 7.7 hours, on average.
Taking a walking meeting, for example, can have many positive effects on your health as well as on your work. It’ll make you more productive and focused and probably also more relaxed.
It will give you some outdoor time and maybe even some sun exposure.
Walking is a great way to get more movement into your day. Whether it’s walking to work or walking during your lunch break. It can be even as simple as parking your car further away and walking the rest of the distance.
Researchers even found out that walking might be healthier than jogging or going to the gym.
A study, published in 2013 found out that walking, as well as running, can reduce your risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. Walking even had more impact on this reduction as running.
For example running reduced the risk for first-time hypertension by 4.2% while walking reduce it by 7.2%. The percentages for walking were almost twice the ones of running when it came to the reduction of first-time high cholesterol (4.3% vs. 7%) and the reduction of coronary heart disease (4.5% vs 9.3%).
I’m not a jogger myself since I like HIIT (high-intensity interval training), but if you want to take it a step further jogging might be a good way for you. Make sure to get decent shoes and maybe even ask your physician what he personally thinks about jogging.
Jogging can be quite hard on your joints, so decide for yourself if it is something for you.
Walking on the other hand hardly requires any additional effort. You don’t need to change and you usually don’t get sweaty. You can incorporate it into your regular schedule and the benefits are equally astonishing.
So there you have it. Finding an excuse for not jogging is one thing, but finding one for not walking is another. There aren’t any good excuses for it and since the health benefits of walking are quite astonishing, you should be motivated to include it in your daily routine.
Start slow. Take a 5-minute walk around your block and increase it every day for one minute. Consistency will make you healthy.
Steps to take:
- Always remember: health doesn’t start in the gym. It’s the little things that add up.
- Today go for a 5-minute walk. Walk around the block, that’s no big deal!
- At least, once a week go for a longer walk. Aim for at least 30 minutes. Don’t think of it as wasted time!