Walking is the most popular form of exercise in the U.S.A.*
People ask me all the time, “What exercise burns the most calories?” I tell them, “The one you will do.” Then they ask me the same question as if I do not understand their meaning.
No exercise will burn calories if you do not do it. Choose something you enjoy and will continue to do in the long run. Haha, a pun. It does not matter what you do, just so you move around enough to feel like you are increasing your heart rate.
Did you read that correctly? …enough to feel like you are working and increasing your heart rate. Not everyone will need to run and some of you will feel like a stroll is enough of a workout.
Yes, that is true. We call this the RPE or Rate of Perceived Exertion. Trust me, you want to exercise safely, right? Safe means you will be able to go back out again and continue for a lifetime.
Interval walkers lost six times more weight than walkers who maintained a steady pace, according to a Danish study.
Therefore, enjoy an interruption or two; because, that will automatically incorporate interval walking. This is the fact I keep in mind while stopping or slowing down to watch the fawns, smell the roses, let the dogs do their duty, catch up with a friendly neighbor or…uh oh… run from the bees, oh boy!
HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training which is a popular interval workout and safe when done properly.
The risk of exercise-related injuries is 1 to 5 percent for walkers compared to 20 to 70 percent for runners.
Knowing about the injury risk of running keeps me satisfied with the decision to walk rather than run. We all have our issues to deal with; but, why knowingly overdo something? I ask the doctor what track athletes do about lower body pain and get the response that the runner runs with pain.
Athletes do get hurt; they just do not tell you; because, their goal is to win at all costs. An athlete loves their job so much that they will do anything to work through the pain or other issue. Then again, how long is the athlete able to keep up their pace to continue winning?
For the rest of us who want healthy longevity for a lifetime of happiness, walking is a great exercise. Therefore, be happy with your walker, cane, walking partner, and get in the soothing outdoors to stay as mobile as possible.
Please remember that aging is for the strong; just like you.
Please be safe and careful when you are using your devices. Always be aware of your surroundings by keeping both eyes open and at least one ear on. That means you should only use one ear piece so you can hear what is going on around you. Thank you. I feel better knowing that you are safe.