Is Walking a Good Form of Exercise?

Is Walking a Good Form of Exercise?
Walking is one of the simplest forms of exercise possible. While one may get superior benefits--more calories burned, for example--from other forms of exercise, the ease, simplicity and gentleness of walking make it a good form of exercise for many.

Calories

According to the Harvard Heart Letter, walking can burn anywhere from 120 to 222 calories per hour, depending on the walker's weight and pace.

Types

Walking can be suited to each exerciser's fitness and mobility level, starting at a gentle walk, then working up to a brisk walk and finally race walking.

Impact

Walking is beneficial for many exercisers, especially those with bone or joint problems or who are overweight, because it's low impact. There's no pounding or leaping about involved in a walking workout.

Benefits

Weight-bearing exercise like walking, where your bones, joints and muscles have to support the weight of your body, is often recommended for people with osteoporosis. The gentle pressure of your body weight helps strengthen the bones without subjecting them to damaging stresses or sudden pressures and impacts.

Considerations

You don't need any extra equipment for walking, which makes it the most convenient form of exercise possible. No matter where you are, as long as you can stand up and have a little space, you can walk.

Balance

Walking on uneven surfaces challenges even a very fit individual's stability and balance.

Article Written By Marie Mulrooney

Marie Mulrooney has written professionally since 2001. Her diverse background includes numerous outdoor pursuits, personal training and linguistics. She studied mathematics and contributes regularly to various online publications. Mulrooney's print publication credits include national magazines, poetry awards and long-lived columns about local outdoor adventures.

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