Why walking is great for everyone
I got my new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone. I love it! It’s a great productivity companion during my busy days going all over the state of Indiana. I can organize my calendars, keep up with email communication, and even check on progress of requests from my clients. What does a phone have to do with walking? A lot more than you think!
As I was discovering things that my new phone could do, I noticed that it had a pedometer. I opened the app and really didn’t do too much with it. Then I checked in on it again later to find how much I actually walk. I wasn’t hitting the pre-set goal of 10,000 steps, though. So I decided to check in on why 10,000 steps is a good goal.
It Is Easy
Well, it is for those of us who can walk normally. I understand that this doesn’t apply fully to people like my wife (who sometimes has trouble walking from room to room) or someone with a leg injury. However, for the most of us, walking is something we have done since toddlerhood. You can choose your own pace, but the faster and longer the session, the more calories you can burn.
You Don’t Need Any Equipment
You can walk with whatever you have. You don’t need expensive equipment in order to walk. A lot of us excuse ourselves form working out because we don’t want to use the equipment. Sure, you can use a treadmill to walk on cold or rainy days, but you can also go to a public area with a large area (some use the mall or church multi-purpose room) to walk till your heart is content.
Things That Can Help Make and Track Goals
You can spend time guessing how many steps you are taking, or you can have tools that help. Of course, there is the traditional pedometer for those getting started. One common method, if you have the room, is to get a treadmill or elliptical trainer. You may have heard about the Fitbit Ranging from $47 to a couple hundred. If you are in the market for a new phone, a lot of the new Samsung – Galaxy Phones (like mine!) have this sort of tracking built in. The advantage of the smarter devices (Fitbit, Smartphones) is that it tracks going up and down stairs as well. The following is an example of the information I am able to learn from my Galaxy phone.
First, remember that in order for a person with an average stride to reach ten thousand steps, he or she would have to walk about five miles. Five miles doesn’t seem like a whole lot when you first look at it, but when I realized how little I walk on a busy “running around” day, I was shocked as to how far short I fall on average. For myself and anyone that is interested, I researched and found benefits of walking this amount.
One Thursday, without even noticing, I walked 5576 steps. That was calculated to be 2.75 miles and 379 calories burned. 379 calories is just enough to burn off that healthy McMuffin I had that morning. Another Thursday, I walked just 542 (6118) steps more, traveled 3.38 miles and burned 522 Calories! Now we’re talkin’! Just imagine if I walked to full 10,000 steps. Well, one Saturday, I did and was amazed! I walked 10680 steps, 5.33 miles and burned 744 calories. SEVEN HUNDRED FORTY-FOUR!.
Burning Calories Helps You Lose or Maintain Weight
Okay, that may not seem like a lot for some, but it can be more than you think. Calories are the building blocks for weight gain. We all have a daily caloric need, and, depending on our cravings, habits, or whatever, can exceed or fall short of that goal. But let’s say that for the sake of argument that your daily caloric need is 2000 calories. There are recommendations from many sites that say that you should subtract between five hundred and one thousand calories from that number (whatever yours is) in order to lose a couple of pounds per week. 744 Calories is well in that range. If I did that consistently, I would be able to lose one or two pounds each week (of course, that’s if I keep my intake of calories down to my need).
I know that a lot of us are busy people, but we can always find time to do a little extra walking. We can all stop waiting 5 minutes for the person at the store to pull out of a parking space when we can park a few cars back with no waiting. We can walk down to the store instead of driving. We can simply take the stairs instead of the elevator. Every little bit helps. I’m amazed when I see people going to the gym to work out and getting upset about having to park around the block. It’s a good thing! Just think of it as adding a little kick to your workout! If it helps you stay motivated, WALK WITH A FRIEND OR TWO! Well, I’d like to stay here and type more, but I think I need to take a walk (my phone just told me I’ve been inactive for an hour).
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Walking is such a great exercise that some people take for granted. It works out your entire body and keeps you in a good mood. I do a lot of waking as i work in the restaurant and I have to walk miles each day on the floor. It really keeps me fit. I enjoy jogging too. Thank you for sharing this Raphael.
Thank you for your comment, Jason! I find that many people who don’t work out because they don’t want to be embarrassed at the gym or don’t have the endurance to jog or run. Walking is definitely an overlooked exercise. I just heard that an uncle and aunt of mine just lost 34 pounds from just walking every day!
Hi Raphael – I really enjoyed your “Why walking is great for everyone” post. As a youth I was really active. Playing rugby, running weight training. Later however I started a new sport putting on weight. Now however I’m fighting back.
Your post has really helped me as I forgot how important walking is – Time to up my game
I’m familiar with that sport. I’m glad I could help you! I hope others are just as motivated!
Hi Raphael, it’s great that you’re making up your mind to become active. So many people these days are falling sick because of lack of activity. I myself started my journey almost a year ago and I have never felt so good before. I’m am so energized and I look so much better. your walking journey will definitely help you fell a lot better. Good luck with it and be a motivation to others. Cheers.
That’s awesome! I’m glad you have found energy and success on your journey. I am getting there myself and hope many others will join in your story!
Walking is not a chore for me. I have been walking my dog twice a day for 5-10 minutes each session for the past 7 years and nothing makes me happier and healthier. I learn a lot from walking with her and the moments we share are truly precious.
I have two dogs as well. I guess I never really counted this time as exercise personally, but I should. My coon hound drags me a bit sometimes, so it’s almost like bonus walking with the resistance :). I’m glad it makes you happy and healthy. I’m feeling healthier due to my recent regimen myself!
We could all benefit from being more active. I do seat on the computer most of the day working on my business and I started feeling more and more sloppy and lazy. I now work out for an hour in the morning and 30 mins in the evening, I really enjoy this new routine and it gives me so much energy.
I don’t thing I could add walking to that regimen, but for people who can’t work out walking is definitely a good option.
Thanks for your comment, Marlon. I find it interesting that exercising actually gives us energy. We tend to think the opposite.