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Walking: The Secret Exercise!

Walking


Walking is probably the most highly underrated exercise! Did you know that walking for 30-minutes a day can create positive health changes? All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and a surface to walk on.

Letís get to the good stuff. 

What are the benefits of walking?

If you complete 150 moderately intense minutes of walking per week, you can reap the following benefits:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and premature death
  • Improved status of conditions such as: high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Improved heart and lung fitness
  • Stronger bones and decreased risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved balance
  • Increased muscular strength and endurance, decreased body fat
  • Decreased risk of certain types of cancer
  • Improved mental health

What do you need to do to acquire these benefits? Not much!

  • Ensure your walks are brisk. This means that you want to break a sweat, but be able to maintain a conversation while walking.
  • Walk for 30-minutes a day, for a minimum of 150-minutes per week.

Thatís it!

What are some ways that you can obtain your 30-minutes per day?

  • Go for a walk after dinner
  • Take your dog for a walk
  • Go for a hike
  • Rake some leaves
  • Play outside with your dog
  • Walk to the store
  • Bike or walk to work
  • Train for a charity walk
  • Join a community-walking group OR start your own
  • Be active with your family and friends

Happy Walking Everyone!

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