The Wonders of Walking: Exercise for Haters

For some people, the idea of working out is the worst thought ever. They just don’t like it. While some people love the natural high that comes from a good workout, others simply don’t like the process. For the workout haters out there, hope is available. There is a way you can work out without hitting the gym or sweating it out in a class. The best part? You already do it! For those that don’t like to workout, walking can be a great alternative for getting fit and staying healthy. Here are some great benefits that will make you want to put on your walking shoes and take a quick lap around the block:

Better Moods

Walking, or exercise in general, is a great way to boost your mood. Working your muscles and burning calories produces endorphins, and endorphins are responsible for creating good moods. Along with that, your body only deals with one type of stress at a time. So, if you’re mentally stressed, exercise will take its place in your mind, so for at least those thirty minutes or so, your mental stresses will take a back seat. If you’re feeling down, get out and get some fresh air and exercise, and you’ll have your mood lifted in no time.

It’s More Likely to Stick

Slow and steady wins the race. Remember that old adage from the story about the tortoise and the hare? Just because you’re not lifting heavy weights every other day or running miles upon miles doesn’t mean that you’re not doing great things for your body. Walking burns calories, strengthens the muscles, and builds endurance. It can also help to lose weight and/or maintain your current body weight. Consistency is key, whether that’s a hard core workout or a simple walk around the block.

It Protects You From Heart Disease

Walking at least thirty minutes a day can reduce your chance of developing heart disease. It lowers your blood pressure, helps to regulate blood sugar, and keeps your oxygenated blood flowing freely. Walking has proven to be a huge factor in reducing heart disease later in life. With heart disease being one of the biggest fatal diseases, this bonus alone is motivation enough to get moving.

If you don’t really like exercise, don’t fret. You don’t have to love running or weight lifting to get some good from exercise. Walking, whether it’s around the block, on a trail, or on a treadmill can do wonders for your body, your  mind, and your overall health.

 

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