Walking for Exercise

Walking for Exercise
Walking is one of the best and easiest ways to stay fit and healthy. It is simple, easy and just about anyone can do it anytime and anywhere.


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.

Weight Loss

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.

Health Benefits

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.

Article Written By Rona Aquino

Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.

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