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So here’s the thing, you may have little control of the people and events around you, but you can control how you treat your body. Taking care of yourself means over time you are able to build a strong healthy body, ready to weather the storms that life inevitably throws at you. And part of taking care of yourself is moving your body, which leads us to the title of this post ‘is walking good exercise?’
We all know (well hopefully) that movement in any form is good for us. And no, this doesn’t mean you have to go for a 10km run twice a week. You see even a short amount of moving about each day helps to keep you healthy and happy. All too often we have this idea that we need to go to yoga, run, swim, go to Body Pump, and of course make sure you do your HIIT twice a week (High Intensity Interval Training) all thanks to social media in the quest for the ‘perfect body’.
But let’s just sloooooow down shall we? When did movement mean you have to slog your guts out and burn yourself out in the process? Many of the amazing ladies I work with as part of my private coaching work feel so overwhelmed with how and where to incorporate exercise into their lives…. that they just don’t it. It just feels all too much. So I work with them to find out what will work for them, and one of the first places I start is increasing the amount of walking they do. Yes walking. Walking is one of the most overlooked forms of exercise, and I often get asked ‘is walking even exercise?’, and next ‘is walking good exercise?’
So let’s dive deeper into why I love walking, and why you should too!
As a previous Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor (knee surgery changed the direction of my own wellness journey…) I know that exercise is the absolute cornerstone for anyone looking to achieve their very best level of health. But where do you start?
Whilst exercise can become as complicated as you want to make it, the simplest way to start and to know if what you’re doing is good….is to listen to your body.
If your body feels energised and recharged after exercise, that’s your body’s way of letting you know it’s a happy camper! But, if you feel like you need to sleep all afternoon after a mornings training…. well it’s most likely not the most supportive exercise choice. So is walking good exercise? One of the answers to this question is to ask yourself how you feel after a walk? Tired but energised? Or exhausted and depleted?
I absolutely love high intensity training, mostly because of the way my body feels after. I feel like I could fly with the natural high it leaves me with.
However, in the past when I’ve suffered from a high degree of stress, this type of exercise can leave me feeling completely drained. Perhaps this is something you can relate to?
If you’re suffering from high stress or adrenal fatigue, high intensity exercise could cause some serious harm to your health. It can place additional stress on those adrenal glands of yours. And this my friend is not good.
Exercise is not created equal.
I know, I know, walking may seem like a complete cop out, but trust me when I say walking is packed full of benefits, many of which you may be completely overlooking.
Just like everything in life, there is no one size fits all approach because we are all so different. But you do have the perfect person to let you know what’s too much – you! So make sure you’re listening to how your body feels.
To help get you going and as a starting goal, aim to walk 30 minutes 3 times a week. If this feels too much, you can break that 30 minutes into two x 15 minutes blocks which you can spread through the day.