Did you know the average person burns about 100 calories per mile? It doesn’t matter if you’re running, jogging or walking – you just burn them a little quicker when running. But we’re not all born to run, right?
According to Living Streets, the organization behind National Walking Month (you guessed it- it’s May!), you should walk at about four miles an hour to count as moderate exercise.
100 calories in 15 minutes. Not bad for simply walking around, right? It’s one of the easiest ways to increase your fitness and improve your health. Whether you’re just getting started in a health and wellness plan or have already reached a few of your goals, there’s no better time than spring and summer to add walking to your fitness to-do list.
Roxanne has already told us before how important it is to keep a healthy heart – those who exercise regularly are half as likely to suffer from a heart attack. Any type of cardio exercise can strengthen your heart, lowering your blood pressure and heart rate, improving your cholesterol and reducing your stress.
Walking seems like the perfect way to literally unwind after a long day, don’t you think? Use the American Heart Association’s Find a Walking Path guide to find the perfect walking trail near you.
Oh, and did I mention… it’s free? No gym membership required to start walking – just head outside and get moving! And if you’re interested in giving back while getting in shape, read more about a free app called Charity Miles in Taylor’s post here.
What new activity are you adding to your fitness routine? Share below or @20sTweet!