Not a Gym Person? Than Get Out and Walk!

We all want to live and feel better but for some of us that doesn’t mean going to the gym. Personally, I fit the gym in a couple times a week but I balance it with hiking, walking and biking. Often, I only have 30 minutes to exercise so a quick walk or bike ride is easy–no extra time spent commuting to a gym. And even though my gym is only 7 minutes away, sometimes I literally don’t have that extra 15 minutes in my day. Even in the winter on the coldest days, I need my time outside. And I don’t like running. I just don’t.

Why Walking is Good for You:

Walking is a low-impact aerobic exercise that’s easy to do.

Walking can reduce belly fat, lower blood pressure and raise your production of HDL, or “good” cholesterol.

• It’s weight-bearing. We have osteoporosis on both sides of my family. For awhile, I was swimming and my doctor told me, “Great for your heart, but that’s doing nothing for your bones.” So I added walking.

• You don’t need special equipment and burns calories effectively.

• It’s free! Gym dues and fees for extra classes can add up! Got shoes? You can walk.

Turn it into a true aerobic work out by walking faster and adding some arm lifts.

• Grab a friend and it can be social time too.

walking dogs outsideApproximate Calories Burned
For a 130-pound person, walking at a moderate pace: 60 to 70 calories for 30 Minutes.
For a 200-pound person, walking at a moderate pace: 90 to 100 calories per 30 Minutes. 
For a 130-pound person, walking fast (3.5 mph) or walking slowly uphill: 80 to 90 calories for 30 minutes.
For a 200-pound person, walking fast (3.5 mph) pace: 120 calories per 30 minutes.

walking stroller Don’t have time to just take a walk?
Park a little farther
• Walk the the kids to school.
• Walk to the store.
• Walk to a friend’s house.
• Bundle up the kids or baby and walk at the park.
• Walk at the mall–that’s what my dad does!


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!