Short daily walks can help to prevent heart disease, arthritis and Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to make the most of your morning walk.
Walking isn’t just a way to get from one place to another. This simple, low-impact activity can help lower your risk of heart disease, arthritis and type 2 diabetes. But can walking help you to lose weight? And does walking count as cardio?
I will tell you why a daily 30-minute walk is good for your health and why the morning could be the best time to go for a walk.
Get energy and a mood boost from your morning walk
Ever wake up feeling sluggish and unmotivated in the morning? A quick 30-minute walk can help start your day off on the right foot. I have helped conduct a study that surveyed participants before and after a dance fitness class. There was a significant improvement in everybody’s mood after the exercise. The body releases endorphins during exercise, which I like to call “happy chemicals” that make you feel good. There’s also that feeling of accomplishment, that feeling of ‘I did something today’ is very beneficial for someone who’s struggling with those things.”
The blood pumping in your body from a brisk walk may energize you for the rest of the day. As your heart’s pumping from more activity, there’s going to be more blood flowing to your brain. That’s going to lift your energy up.
Why go for a morning walk?
There’s actually no physiological reason why I suggest to my clients to go on daily walks in the morning. Instead, I’ll say it’s for behavioural reasons. There’s no procrastination or “I’ll do it later” excuse, You set the tone to be productive and accomplished right away.”
For those that already have busy morning routines, lunchtime or after dinner could be more convenient. But it depends on your schedule. The absolute best time of the day to go for a walk? It’s whenever you think you’re going to do it consistently.
Does walking count as cardio?
The answer to this question isn’t as straightforward, as it depends on how you view cardio. In the simplest sense, cardio is any activity that increases your heart rate, which walking accomplishes.
Looking to increase your cardio endurance? You would benefit from doing more than just a walk. That is if you aren’t suffering from injuries and are capable of doing more high-intensity exercise without pain. If you want to become a higher-performing athlete, you need a higher intensity than just walking. If you’re 60 years old and want to maintain your health, then walking is definitely cardio.
Walking still has benefits, regardless of your age. But those capable of doing more intense exercise would benefit from engaging in more intense exercise.
Does walking help with weight loss?
Walking can help you to lose weight. But depending on your goals and lifestyle, walking might not be enough. The formula for weight loss is to expend more calories and consume fewer calories. Walking will expend calories. But also note that long-term changes to your diet might also be required to lose weight. I would recommend to those seeking weight loss to incorporate strength training into their routine. Muscles burn more calories than fat. If you have more muscles, you’ll have a higher metabolism and that will hel