Walking is a great form of exercise. If you don’t have foot, ankle, knee or hip issues, walking can be an easy, low impact form of cardio-vascular training. And if any of these areas bother you, depending on the problem, walking can help strengthen up those areas and eventually ease the pain and irritation in those areas.
There is no special equipment needed for walking, except a good pair of shoes. Walking can be as easy as stepping out of your front door and walking 10 minutes and turning back around and walking back. It is one of the best ways to get into exercise. And if you don’t progress past walking, at least you are doing something, and you will certainly benefit from “just walking”.
Walking 20 minutes, 3 days a week for the rest of your life is better than not exercising at all. If you just walk 20 minutes, 3 days a week for the rest of your life, it will prevent you from gaining more weight, you will actually lose some weight, and you will feel better and have more endurance to do the things you need to do throughout the day.
Walking is one of those exercises that almost anyone can do. If you have arthritis in your feet, ankles, knees, or hips it could prevent you from walking. Any other issues that affect those areas can prevent you from walking. If you cannot walk, then there are many other low impact cardio-vascular exercises that you can do: swimming, rowing machine, stationary bike, reclining bike, stairmaster, elliptical machine, to name a few options.
But for most people, walking is the best way to start exercising. Getting into exercise is an art form. If you haven’t exercised in over 6 months and you try to do the workout you did 6 months ago, let alone 20 to 30 years ago, you will only end up hurting yourself and having to stop exercising because of an exercise related injury. That is why you need to start out slowly, start almost too easy with exercise. You will be surprised at how sore you get from doing so little if you haven’t exercised in months. But you have to start somewhere, and starting with easy, regular walking done consistently over a few months is a great way to get your body primed to exercise more. Or it is a great exercise program to stick with for the rest of your life. Either way, if you start walking, you will be better off then you are now if you are not exercising at all.
This article I attached gives some great tips for getting into walking. It is worth reading if you want to start making exercise a regular part of your life.