September 27, 2017

But I’m a walker!

Scenery when walkingSome people just don’t want to run, or coming at it from a different angle, prefer to walk.  Walking is fantastic and below are a few reasons why it is so good for you.

Personally I love walking; I combine this with running to mix up what I do, get some variety and work my muscles slightly differently. I find it is also very sociable which I don’t get from running,  when running I put my music on and go.  One of the best feelings is being tired and slightly weathered after a long walk; a great feeling.

 

 

Keeping you mobile

Walking is good for working your muscles without putting too much pressure on your joints which can be problematic with running. Walking also enables you to tackle some routes you might not want to run. For example we walked a 21km circuit in Mt Hotham recently. If you were a seasoned off road runner you could run it but I had far more fun walking it. One of the great ways to keep your bones strong and help prevent bone deterioration is exercise. This combined with the right diet helps promote bone health.

Seeing the sights and sounds

Take a camera, load up a backpack, leave the ipod at home and get close to nature. Walking is perfect for this and you can find some fantastic spots off the beaten track. Very recently I was walking in Cape Schanck and an echidna pottered out right in front of me. I find walking relaxing and it is as much about the mental break as it is the physical exercise.