Walking is a great way to improve your health and is one of the easiest forms of exercise as no equipment is needed. Walking also can help reduce and manage stress and anxiety.
Walking is one of the most overlooked forms of exercise. You do not need expensive equipment, it is simple, it is free and you can do it no matter what the weather is outside.
Walking is easy to fit into your everyday life and has some amazing benefits.
Your calves and Achilles are the most common places for injuries when walking. So make sure you warm up prior to walking. Generally a good warm up for walking is to start a little slow and warm up your muscles and then pick up the pace. Following the walk do some cool down stretches including stretches for calves, hamstrings and hip flexors. Finally make sure to drink water to prevent dehydration which can lead to cramps and injuries.
Sometimes when you begin an active lifestyle it is hard to keep yourself motivated. Try to aim for 10,000 steps a day to gain the health benefits from walking. Here are some good ways to get walking into your daily routine.
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