Health Benefits

Why walking is the most underrated activity ever...

Science shows that placing one foot in front of the other leads to some seriously impressive mental and physical benefits.
Tom Suter
4 min to read

Science shows that placing one foot in front of the other leads to some seriously impressive mental and physical benefits.

You drag yourself from your desk to the gym; once you get there, pop in some upbeat music and jack the treadmill up to 6 mph. Admit it: after three miles at that pace, you're silently criticising (knowingly or not) every stroll completed by any person within earshot of your squeaky wheels.

Why even come to the gym if all you're going to do is walk?

However, experts say that walking can be a hugely effective physical activity if you do it regularly over time. In addition to the physical benefits of being more active and keeping your weight in check, researchers suggest that walking may give you mental satisfaction with benefits like reducing stress levels.

According to strength and conditioning expert Matt Tanneberg, CSCS, a sports chiropractor based in Phoenix, Arizona, works with elite athletes; walking can give you as much of a workout as running. "You hear of people' plateauing' when they continue to do the same workout routine and stop seeing results," he says. "I see patients who plateau from running all the time," he continues, "they will run the same distance, speed and time, day in and day out ." It would be best if you switched up your exercise routine to get the maximum benefit for your health, he explains

Yes, running is more demanding to perform, so some will consider it a better workout.

John Ford says that "While I would love to say that walking can be just as effective of a workout as running, I'm not going to lie to you. In fairness, the two really shouldn't be compared against each other," he says. John adds, "Running, due to larger muscle recruitment, greater forces exerted, and faster motion capability will always have the proverbial leg up on walking."

Although walking is not always considered a better workout, it may be for some people.

With that being said, walking is one of the best exercises you can do, and I suggest it. As someone who had knee surgery when they were younger, I pick running and walking equally to stay in shape. Some days my injury acts up (especially if it's really hot!), then sometimes walking helps more than running. For example, if your ankles hurt or your knees click, or you have a stress fracture like back problems, our bodies don't want to run, then maybe try going for walks instead!

And there is ample scientific research to validate the effectiveness of walking as a fitness routine. And with Feeting you can combine the useful with the convenient and turn your sitting meetings into walking meetings. Give it a try.

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