We all know that exercise has so many benefits for keeping our bodies fit and healthy, but what does this mean to you?
Does being fit and healthy mean striving for an aesthetic appearance? Does it mean striving to be the best you can be?
I think being fit and healthy has lost a lot of it’s meaning.
For me it doesn’t mean having a thigh gap or wash board abs, because that is not sustainable.
I think we loose sight of what is realistic and what healthy means. Being healthly means looking after your body and enabling you to be here when you’re 90 years old!
Fit and healthy does not mean you have to run a certain distance, it doesn’t mean you have to smash 90kg squats. It means doing what’s right for you and being happy. If swimming is your thing, that’s fine, you are still moving your body. A lot of professionals will now say we should all aim to just move that little bit more!
One type of exercise which as so many benefits is walking.
As a whole we really underestimate the benefits of a simple exercises – walking.
Below I have researched and picked a few benefits for you.
The benefits of walking:
- It’s free
- Regular walking has been proven to reduce risk of chronic illnesses
- Walking can help improve your body’s insulin which in can help reduce fat
- It has extensive cognitive benefits, improves your memory, it can also increase creativity
- Improves circulation
- It can strengthen your heart and prevent high blood pressure
- It improves vitamin D, did you know a lot of the people living in the UK have vitamin D deficiency?
So what does this mean? It means that 30 minutes a day of walking still means you’re keeping fit and healthy. The benefits of walking are endless and it goes to show that you don’t need to spend hours in the gym.
Personally I’ve been taking a 25 minute walk per day whilst on my lunch break. It helps reduce my stress levels, it also allows me to have time out of the office enjoying the weather and getting some very important vitamin D!
Being fit and healthy means looking after your body, should that be walking, swimming, HIIT training or strength training. Do what works for you and certainly don’t follow everyone else. There’s no right or wrong answer.
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Thanks for reading!