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Walking: #1 Activity Everywhere!

walkingRunning?…no….cycling?….no….skating?….no. None of these activities can make the claim that walking can. Did you know that walking is the #1 participating sport worldwide? Why you ask?

Here are a few good reasons:

It’s easy to do! There is no trick to walking. It does not require any special skills or advanced conditioning. Walking doesn’t require any special equipment or clothing. All you need is a good pair of walking shoes, comfortable clothing, a pedometer (if desired), and you’re all set!

It’s Safe. Walking is probably the safest exercise you can do. It doesn’t require prior training or conditioning and doesn’t involve a great deal of physical exertion in the beginning. Studies have shown that due to the design of our body, walking is more natural than sitting, standing or running, and walking is not as stressful to the body as other exercises.

It’s healthy. More and more benefits of walking are discovered daily!

Here are just a few benefits that walking provides:

  1. Burns almost as many calories as jogging
  2. Eases back pain
  3. Reduces levels of bad cholesterol
  4. Increases aerobic capacity
  5. Reduces heart attack risk
  6. Lowers blood pressure
  7. Slims your waist
  8. Lessens anxiety and tension
  9. Improves muscle tone
  10. Enhances stamina and energy
  11. Easy on your joints
  12. Can be done in short bouts
  13. Can be done anywhere!
  14. Slows down osteoporosis bone loss