Can you think of an exercise that doesn’t require any kind of court reservations, health club memberships, expensive clothing or endless lessons? Need a hint? It’s something you’ve done daily since you were a small child. If walking was your answer, give yourself a pat on the back.
It’s true. Even though you’ve probably heard that walking is a good exercise, you may not really know how or why it is. As an aerobic exercise, walking ranks right up there with running, swimming, and cycling. In addition to the aerobic benefits, a brisk walk can burn from 320 to 450 calories an hour. Some experts say that jogging a mile in 8-1/2 minutes burns only 26 calories more than walking a mile in 12 minutes.
Aerobic walking can offer one of the best workouts for the heart and lungs. Prolonged workouts of 50 minutes or more increase the heart beat and cause the lungs to consume more oxygen. That winning aerobic combination can help build physical fitness. [Read More…]