Walking is a very low-impact exercise and because of this, the risks of side effects are low. Build your endurance and strength by gradually increasing your mileage and duration.
If you are trying to lose weight, walking is an aerobic activity that can help you burn calories. However, to effectively lose those excess pounds, you must burn more calories than you consume.
According to Richard Weil, an exercise physiologist and and certified diabetes educator, a good average walking speed is 3 to 4 miles per hour. If you are out of shape, it is okay to start at a slower pace and build your speed up by walking regularly.
Walking is a great way to stay fit but also to prevent depression, lower stress levels, and elevate your overall mood and sense of well-being.
Walking for exercise has many health benefits such as strengthening your heart, your muscles, bones and joints. It also helps to control your blood pressure and prevent type 2 diabetes.