So many people say, “I only have time to walk.” That’s more thank OK. That’s great! Walking is one of the most underrated physical activities you can do. It has many benefits, including helping with weight loss efforts and health improvements, among others.
1. It helps improve your circulation.
While walking will help improve your overall circulation, it also helps to lower the risk for several chronic health conditions. Lower blood pressure and reduced chance for heart disease are benefits you can get from walking just 30 minutes per day!
2. It helps improve your sleep.
Physical activity has been shown to help with sleep disorders. Getting 30 minutes in per day could help you fall asleep better.
3. It helps you stay active longer.
As you age, walking can help reduce the chance for injury and disability. This reduced risk can increase daily living activities in those over 65 years old.
How to work walking into your day
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise a week for substantial health benefits. Here are three treadmill workouts you can start doing this week.
Steady pace workout
After warming up, raise the incline to a comfortable level.Walk at this level for 30 minutes. Increase the incline every week.
After warming up, walk at a high incline for 2 to 5 minutes.Then, reduce to a level incline for 2 minutes. Repeat for 30 minutes.
After warming up, set the speed to 6 to 15 mph for 15 to 30 seconds. Then, reduce the speed to 2 to 3 mph for a 2-minute cool down. Repeat 8 times.