Updated: Oct 19, 2020
Most of us have been doing it since before we were even 12 months old. But unfortunately, as adults, we do less and less walking in our regular lives.
Sedentary jobs have increased by 83% since 1950. People are inactive and it is causing a decline in our health and a rise in obesity.
I know what you're thinking, "This doesn't apply to me because I work out."
I used to think this was true. Unfortunately even the hard work we put in at the gym or the miles we log running on the road cannot completely offset our inactive lifestyle.
That all seems like bad news.
The good news is that just walking more can improve your overall health and result in weight loss!
So sit less, and walk more. It's that simple.
Walking briskly for 30-90 minutes most days has been shown to help with weight loss. Walking can also lower the risk of heart disease, improve balance, coordination, bone strength, and even mental health.
Take some time first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or after dinner to walk. Call a friend and convince them to walk with you, or better yet, get a dog as a walking companion!
It is much easier to find time a brief walk or even several micro-walks than carving out time for the gym or the energy to lift weights and do burpees.
It's just walking, but it can make all the difference! Even for those of you that like your gym time, try to add some walking to your routine to optimize your weight loss.
Celebrate National Walking Day April 1st and see what all the hype is about!