Home » Walking

Walking

Walk This Way: Three F’s For Better Health Walking to Improve Your Health, Step by Step

Me at Mt. Maxwell, Salt Spring Island

My hike up Mt. Maxwell, Salt Spring Island

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

Thoreau 


My client and friend Annie is an avid walker. She averages 40-60 minutes at a time, strides with a brisk pace and prefers forested areas over city streets. She’s slim and fit, never seems to get sick, and appears to be healthier than many of her peers, even her teenaged children. Annie walks nearly every day, rain or shine, and credits her energy and strong immune system to her daily hike in the woods (and, of course, to the Hatha Yoga class I teach Annie and her friends twice a week!).
Walkers and runners expend roughly the same amount of energy per kilometre; it just takes walkers longer to do it
Annie (right) and her friend Elaine

Annie (right) and her friend Elaine

It might surprise you to learn that walking can be a very effective cardiovascular exercise. In fact, walking provides the same health benefits as running: reduced risk of hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, increased bone density, and weight control. While running appears to be a better bet for those of us looking to shed a few pounds, it tends to put more strain on the body’s muscles, tendons and joints.

 Walking has spiritual, mental and emotional benefits, too. Many of the world’s greatest thinkers walked: Beethoven, Nietzsche, Dickens and Aristotle all walked daily. An outdoor hike in the woods can clear the mind of clutter and increase your attention span. There’s also the very real interaction between the chemicals emitted by trees and plants and our lungs as we breathe them in.


So, what’s the key to effective cardio by walking? Simple — the three F’s!

Read More »Walk This Way: Three F’s For Better Health Walking to Improve Your Health, Step by Step