“Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth.” – Dr. Andrew Weil
Walk Your Way to Optimum Health
If you don't think walking is good exercise, think again. In fact, if you walk often enough and fast enough, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other can satisfy your body's daily requirements for aerobic activity. Dr. Weil has long advocated walking as one of the best forms of exercise.
Here are a few of the reasons walking is so ideal:
- Walking is what your body is designed to do.
- Among all forms of aerobic exercise, walking carries the least risk of injury.
- You can walk almost anywhere, any time.
- Nearly everyone can walk, and it's something you can do throughout your life.
- It's free!
- There's no special skill, training, or equipment needed – all you need is the right footwear.
Without proper footwear walking can be painful, making it difficult to maintain an active lifestyle. But with quality, supportive footwear that restores your foot's proper alignment and efficiency, walking can become one of your favorite activities – and one that moves you toward optimum health.
Reap the health benefits of walking and moving.
Our bodies are meant to move. If you walk consistently, you can help delay or prevent many of the complaints of aging – aches and pains and increasing immobility. But walking also has more immediate health benefits. For starters, walking can help:
- Manage weight
- Improve mood and help ease depression
- Boost your immune system
- Maintain mental efficiency
- Strengthen your heart, lungs, and muscles
- Lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels
- Prevent osteoporosis
- Improve energy and endurance 1,2,3
Those are pretty amazing results from such a simple activity, and several large studies have shown that walking can greatly reduce the risks of developing type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease 4
Start a MOVE-ment, and bring someone with you.
Having trouble getting started? Consider pairing up with a walking partner to help you stay motivated. Not only will you both benefit from the social interaction, but you'll be more likely to commit to an ongoing program. After all, if you want to develop better lifestyle habits, it helps to spend more time in the company of those who practice them. If you want to walk more, spend more time with people who walk.
As you develop your walking program, set your own pace. Taking 10,000 steps a day is a great goal for improving your overall physical, emotional, and mental fitness. But the journey, as they say, begins with a single step. There’s no better time than now to begin.
1 Mayo Clinic. "Walking for fitness: How to trim your waistline, improve your health."
2 WebMD. "Fitness: Walking for Wellness."
3 Dr Weil. "Aerobic Exercise for Well-Being."
4 Harvard School of Public Health. "Staying Active: Every Body's Path to Better Health."