Walking is clearly a form of exercise but, if I’m being totally honest here, it doesn’t always get taken seriously. After all, you walk to get to the gym…so does walking actually count as a workout on its own?
For the record, yes, walking is a legit way to be physically active. “Like many cardiovascular exercises or activities, walking at an appropriate intensity can help strengthen your heart and make it more efficient, burn some extra calories, improve respiratory functions, and elevate your mood through the release of endorphins,” says Doug Sklar, a NASM-certified personal trainer and founder of New York City fitness training studio PhilanthroFIT.
Of course, there’s a huge difference between going for a leisurely stroll and walking like you mean it. Here’s what you need to know about walking for exercise, plus how to max out your walking workout.
Excerpted from Women’s Health