The benefits to walking on a regular basis are great and almost innumerable. More often than not, you will find more benefit to your health by taking up walking on a daily basis than by trying to diet. The idea behind walking is very simple, you can do a lot of aerobic movement and exercise without exhausting yourself. Another major benefit is that being exposed to fresh air and the environment can be a great stress reliever. Finally it really improves you endurance so that you are more capable and ready to move into more difficult exercises than you would be otherwise.
You can walk a lot without wearing yourself out and it is always easy to find something that you can walk to as opposed to driving to. Walking to the gym can be a great way to get your heart rate up without becoming exhausted or burning too much energy, and will help you to get the most out of your regular work out. It can even be an energizer if you utilize the brisk morning or evening air to help wake you up when going out for a walk. Walking is also a great way to burn a few calories along the way without being too tired for work, school, or other activities. It is like a nice little bonus activity that can be attached to any time section of the day without interfering with anything else.
You do not need lots of green trees to enjoy the environment and some fresh air. Even the inner city involves a lot of beautiful scenery. In many cases, there are parks to enjoy and other activities to attach onto walking, such as walking a pet. Your dog will love you for going on walks with them and they serve as a great outlet for your pet’s energy as well as your enjoyment. Seeing vistas and friendly faces around town can be a great way to improve your mood and generally give you more energy for other activities. It can otherwise be all too easy to miss the beauty of a sunset or the lovely recreational parks and streets around town.
Walking will not give you bulging biceps or rock solid six packs but it will give you improved endurance and more energy if you keep at it. By no means is walking an intense muscle building activity but it is aerobic exercise so it can get your heart pumping and help you build up your lung capacity and really burn calories over time. You can walk for hours before you notice the stress from walking at all. Best of all, it is exercise that will not make you sore the next day.