Lower your risk of injury
Compared to other forms of exercise, walking comes with lower risks. According to Orthopaedic Surgeon, Howard J. Luks, MD, some common risks of running include shin splits, stress fractures and runner's knee. When choosing a physical activity, it is wise to evaluate the risk involved. This is because, the longer you take to recover, the longer the period of inactivity. In fact, research shows that walking even strengthens your bones and muscles, protecting you from further injury.
Maintain a healthy weight
Walking is a fantastic way to burn calories and keep your weight in check. A study in the Journal of Exercise Nutrition and Biochemistry found that obese females lost an average of 1.5% body fat by walking regularly. If your goal is to increase your calorie burn rate, consider increasing your pace and going a little faster.
Enjoy better health
Protect yourself from heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes by walking. According to a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, walking 10,000 steps a day, irrespective of exercise intensity or duration, is effective in lowering blood pressure. Studies also found that walking at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week reduces the risk for coronary heart disease by about 19 percent.
Did you know that people who walked regularly also took a lower number of sick days? According to one study, physical activity was found to reduce the occurrence and severity of influenza during the common cold season.
So now is a great time to start walking and earn up to 100 AIA Vitality Points a day when you walk or jog using any one of AIA partner’s fitness tracking devices and apps.