We all try—or think of trying—to exercise. Whether for weight loss, physical health, or mental health, there are plenty of benefits that physical activity can add to our lives. But you don’t have to run a marathon or bench press hundreds of kilos to reap the rewards of exercising. Here’s a list of the best health benefits that come from simply going for a walk.1. Increased heart and lung fitness
- Walking is a cardio exercise that doesn't strain the body as much as running, and is a great way to keep active.
- Going for a walk burns calories, and along with a healthy diet, can be a great way to help you reach your goal weight.
- Strokes are the third most common cause of death in Australia, but daily walks can help reduce your risk.
- Other exercises like running can strain your legs, but walking is a perfect alternative to building healthier bones and joints.
There are many other perks of walking! A great way to get motivated is to set up daily step-goals. Use your smartphone and download a pedometer app that will keep track of your progress. Use walking as a way to socialize; set up walking dates with your friends and family, maybe even step competitions.Strap on your most comfortable pair of shoes and get out there!