Walking is a wonderful exercise as it has a number of benefits for mental and physical health.
These are some of the reasons why it is a great exercise and so important:
If you are new to walking, start by walking 15 minutes a day. Progress in 5 minute increments. Walking at least 30 minutes a day is ideal!
Wear good, supportive walking shoes. The Asics brand is my personal favorite for walking/running shoes because of the support they provide in the midfoot and ankle.
Drink water after you are finished with walking to stay hydrated!
The simple answer is no. As a physical therapist, I strive to walk between 7,500-10,000 steps a day. 10,000 steps originated from a marketing campaign in the early 1960s. However, there is debate over this number, and despite what you read, the bottom line is… the more steps you take, the better it is for your overall health.
I always like to conclude these blogs with a reminder to MOVE YOUR BODY!
Your body is like a car and it needs gas (walking) for it to work properly. Walking keeps your muscles and myofascia hydrated, your bones strong, and your mind mentally engaged. When people do not walk, they feel worse and their “car” does not work as properly, which can lead to other health issues.
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Blog Written By: Dr. Isabella Badalament, PT, DPT