Walking is still considered one of the very best forms of exercise. And, the good news is that all you need is a good pair of comfortable and supportive shoes. No gym membership required. By adding just 2000 steps a day to your regular activities, you may never gain another pound. Inactive people generally move only 2000 to 3000 steps a day. Previous studies have shown that moving 6000 steps a day significantly reduces the risk of death, and 8000 to 10,000 steps a day promotes weight loss.
200 steps are just a little less than one mile. It is not even necessary that you walk all 2000 steps all at once. Think about simply adding more steps throughout your day. The benefits of walking include:
- Adding lean muscle
- Losing inches of fat
- Pumping up your metabolism (which can contribute to weight loss)
- Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke
- Reduce your risk of breast and colon cancer
- Boosts your energy level
- Helps ease anxiety and depression
- Prevents bone loss
- Helps you sleep better
You can buy inexpensive pedometers to help you keep track of how many steps you take each day. Many of the new wearable fitness devices also track walking activity.
You may find it easier to incorporate walking into your routine if you have a walking partner. Remember if it is to hot outside, local malls offer an air conditioned walking environment. Or, consider joining a health club or community fitness/recreation center to allow indoor exercise. Don’t delay, slip on your shoes and take a walk today.