10 Health Benefits of Walking and How to Get Started

The Fleet Feet Blog is full of helpful (and sometimes tasty!) information! This blog post focuses on the benefits of walking, and how to get started. (Did you know that National Walking Day is the first Wednesday in April? Any day is a good day to get out and walk!)

Moving your body is good for you no matter how far or fast you are going. While walking is often viewed and used as a stepping stone to progressively building the endurance needed to start running, there is no minimum effective dose in the movement-as-medicine world. And that’s one of the best things about walking: There are very few barriers to entry.

Whether you walk 10 minutes every other day or an hour seven times a week, at a casual pace or a brisk clip, the benefits of walking far transcend the simple increase in fitness you get from the activity. Getting in shape is typically why you might start a walking routine, but the benefits extend much further than a lower resting heart rate or a few inches off the waistline.

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