Did you know that walking is one of the best exercises you can do to keep yourself healthy and in shape? If you walk just one mile a day you will burn at least 100 calories, and this could result in a loss of ten pounds in a year without changing your eating habits.
You don’t need any special equipment, or special training since you already know how to do it, and it’s FREE! Of course, if you choose to use the facilities provided in a gym or other exercise emporium, you will have to pay. But why go around and around a track looking at the same old scenery (if there is any) every day when you can enjoy fresh air and take a different route every day by just taking a brisk stroll down the street?
The image that comes to mind when one thinks of “aerobics” is of a classroom setting with an instructor showing a lot of people how to make moves that seem almost like dancing – and there’s nothing wrong with that. But you don’t have to join an exercise group and invest in proper “exercise attire” to enjoy the benefits of aerobic exercise.
Aerobic exercise is defined as “conditioning the heart and lungs by increasing the efficient intake of oxygen by the body.” Walking fits this description perfectly. But there are many more benefits that are realized by aerobic exercise.
It is a good way to condition the body for other more strenuous aerobic activities such as jogging. It also strengthens your leg and back muscles, improves the bones, strengthens the heart and gives one a sense of accomplishment that comes when you know you’ve done something good for yourself.
Thank you to Tips for Boomers for supplying some of this information.