The Benefits of Walking for Health
Keen to learn how to become a personal trainer in Australia? Here at the Australian Institute of Fitness, there are many options. When you become qualified, you’ll be able to advise your clients on many exercise options including the benefits of walking for added health and wellbeing.
Hippocrates said “Walking is man's best medicine." Dust off your trainers and start walking to improve your health! It’s the simplest form of exercise, easy to schedule into your day and gets you outside to enjoy the scenery and fresh air.
Make a weekly plan for your walking that includes at least 20-30 minutes of brisk walking around your neighbourhood. If you’re at work you can plan your walks during your lunch break – or for more of a resistance workout, go to the beach and walk on the sand. Take your dog, friends and children with you for a team effort!
Studies show that regular walking improves cardiovascular health, offsets stress, allows you to refocus for work and connects you back to nature. Many people have overscheduled, fast-paced lives that tax the body’s health system. People are unable to slow and down, relax and appreciate the natural environment. Often exercise has gone by the wayside as people find it difficult to include it into their schedule, thinking of it as a luxury extra they can do “when they have time”. Make it a priority to get your body back into prime condition with a walking schedule that will bring your body into balance.
Walking has other health benefits including:
y Reduced risk of diabetes
y Increased bone density
y Alleviation of depression
y Increased fitness
Remember, starting a walking regime doesn’t have to be an insurmountable hurdle. You can easily
start at 10 minutes a day and work up to 30. It’s a great way to relax and get fit at the same time and
can be a fun social outing when you go with a friend of family member!