How many times have you thought about exercising, maybe you have imagined yourself going for a run or giving it your all in the gym, yet when you try, it’s not as easy as you first thought? Running is not always better than walking!
Here are 5 ways that going for a walk can win over running;
You’re just starting to exercise
When you’re just starting out, running can feel uncomfortable and almost joyless! (harsh, I know but true!). It’s better to start off a new with something you know you can continue with and then build it up slowly. The more important thing is to change your behaviour and make it stick. Research shows that walking for just 10 minutes can lead to a more productive day, can aid better sleep and have a positive impact on your body and mind.
You’re nursing an injury
Yes, injuries can truly be pain (and not just physically!). If running is painful, walking could still be an option. When you run, serious forces go through your body, these forces can cause injury and if you continue to run with pain, you will risk permanent damage. Walking can get you outside, active and help aid the healing process
Walking is great for non-training days
If you’re regularly exercising, fitting in a walk between workouts can help your recovery. You can optimise your performance in the gym and minimise the risk of over-training. Think of walking as a form of cross-training!
Walking helps to increase your daily step count
Walking is a very convenient way of increasing your step count. Being active does not mean that you need to change your clothes (sometimes even your shoes!) it just means increasing your heart rate and moving!You, can easily fit in extra steps by walking your dog, getting out for a walking meeting, or simply strolling around to get fresh air in your lunch break. Something you can’t always do when going for a run and needing to shower afterwards.
Walking gives you headspace
If you’re feeling stressed, getting out into nature can have a calming influence to give yourself some space. Running requires more neuromuscular stimulation and therefore puts more stress on the whole body. As walking is easier, it allows you more time and space to pay attention to the present moment and feel more at peace.
Christmas can be a particularly stressful time for some people. By just taking a 10 minute walk, you can reap a while host of amazing benefits and anyone can join in. It’s not always better to go faster!