Good morning and Happy Saturday! I am actually preparing this post on Thursday afternoon. I anticipate being quite out of it Friday and most of Saturday from the surgery. Hopefully I will resume regular blogging on Sunday.
Today’s post is a fabulous guest post called When a Runner Walks.
You don’t have to do strenuous aerobic exercise to keep your heart healthy. As a fairly competitive person, running has been a large focus of mine when it comes to fitness. I realize that there is nothing wrong with this but as a result, I have ignored some of the benefits of walking that I can’t get from running.
Walking for Health
Even though I may not be running, I am still benefiting my health by walking. Walking comes with all of the benefits of any other aerobic exercise. It strengthens the heart which helps to prevent heart disease and other cardiovascular issues. It also reduces the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke.
Gives My Body a Break
Running is a high impact activity. If you don’t take proper precautions, you can do a lot of damage to your knees, ankles, or bones if you are a runner. Walking is a low impact activity that can give your body a bit of a break while still raising your heart rate. Considering how many miles I put on my tennis shoes, it’s not a bad idea for me to slow down a bit and give my body a break.
Walking gives you a chance to slow your life down and pay attention to the world around you. There are so many characteristics of my neighborhood that I had never realized until I began going on walks. Flowers in yards and leafy trees that I had somehow missed on my morning runs suddenly seemed to jump out at me. I remember standing under a massive maple tree just staring up at in awe. Had I been running, I would have been too focused on my time to see the tree, let alone stop to stand under it.
Walking Holds Appeal
If you take up walking, you are less likely to give it up than any other activity. Think about how many exercise videos and props you have bought over the years and ask yourself how many times you have used them. Chances are those boxing gloves have only made it to a class or two. I admit that there are times when I just don’t feel like running, biking, swimming, or anything else really. It’s when I feel like that way that I go walking. I can walk as fast or as slow as I want and I don’t have to worry about time or distance.
Author Bio: Sam Foster is a health writer with a passion for running, swimming, and cycling. When he’s not gearing up for his next Iron Man or triathlon he writes for St. Luke’s Hospital, one of the nation’s top hospitals in heart care .
It will be at least six weeks til I am back walking for exercise and I am already counting down. Two months of building up my distance and, hopefully, back to walking 5Ks in August. I hope so because I already have three 5Ks planned!
What are your plans for the weekend? Share something good!