"Wanna go for a walk??"  This is on of my dog's favorite questions.  I love walking, too!  It's one of the best ways to be active without having to go to the gym, break out in a sweat, or even change your clothes.  I love to go walking with friends in the summer time.  We walk around town, to the local market or even to get some ice cream from a nearby shop (Yes, ice cream... we ARE walking all the way there).  Walking is simple, easy, free and super fun.  You can walk anywhere and with anyone!  If you have a dog, then you KNOW how much she will love it!  My dog's almost 13, but she gets so excited the minute she hears the jingle of her leash!  Here are just a few amazing health benefits of walking:

  1. It promotes weight loss/ maintenance- Sure, running burns more calories than walking... but I'm no runner!  Walking actually burns a decent amount of calories (up to 150 calories for a 30 minute walk), but more than just the amount of calories burned, walking helps to prevent snacking.  When you feel like grabbing an extra (unnecessary) cookie try going for a walk instead.  You'll not only burn calories, but you'll actually save a bunch too!
  2. It's FREE entertainment- Sure, you could buy a membership to a nice gym... but there's really no need.  You see can see the sights, chat with friends, and get your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun on a nice brisk walk.  Walking doesn't cost you a penny, so lace up your shoes and go!
  3. It keeps your mind healthy- Studies have actually shown that walking can lower chances of Alzheimer's and dementia and it helps to keep the brain active and healthy!  Walking releases natural painkilling endorphins which help fight depression.  That's right, walking does more than just help you fit into your skinny jeans... It's good for your mind AND your body!
  4. It boosts your energy- Going for a nice walk actually helps to energize your day.  As you walk, you increase your circulation, which increases oxygen supply to every cell in your body.  You  feel more alert and alive as your body is energized naturally (and THAT helps to prevent a mid-afternoon slump!)
  5. It keeps bones and joints strong- Walking helps to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis.  As you walk, you stimulate and strengthen your bones.  You increase your bone density and keep your joints moving and healthy.  You actually strengthen them with your own body weight.


These are just a few of the amazing health benefits of walking!  So grab your buddy (or your dog named Buddy) and hit the road!

How about you?  Do you like walking?  Do you walk regularly?!

 


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06/23/2014 10:05am

I do a lot of walking when I'm home for the summer and of course on campus during school. I like to go on walks with my mom during the summer, but man can she speed walk! Sometimes I have a hard time staying up with her!

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06/23/2014 11:37am

Wow!! Good for her! And you! It really is a great way to keep active!

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06/23/2014 11:25am

I love walking and it is what got me in to exercise in the first place. Even now, I love going for a walk on a nice sunny evening.

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06/23/2014 11:38am

It's great! It's such a relaxing exercise! I love it too!

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06/23/2014 12:30pm

I remember when I read that in a lot of cases, mixing up walking and running is actually better for you, and literally did a happy dance. Walking is one of my favorite things. It really does help clear the mind, get some refocus - so nice! And in the early morning, when the weather is cool, and the sun is coming up? Doesn't get any better than that :) Plus, it is a great way to get some exercise in while talking with a friend!

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06/23/2014 2:32pm

You are so right!! I should go for a walk in the morning! And it's so true... walking with a friend seems more like fun than exercise!!

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06/23/2014 12:31pm

I love walking, especially now that I have a baby and it's an easy, inexpensive activity for the two of us to do together (with the stroller). She's napping now, but I think once she's awake we'll head out for an afternoon stroll to the local coffeeshop for a tea. =)

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06/23/2014 2:35pm

Oh wow! That sounds so nice!! I hope you have a great walk!

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06/23/2014 1:42pm

I love taking walks!! With or without my dog. Walking home from school was my favorite part of the day sometimes :)

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06/23/2014 2:34pm

Yes!! It is a great way to exercise without REALLY trying/ stressing... we were made to walk!

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06/23/2014 2:10pm

I love walking! Specially with someone/some little furry one ;) I don't know about you but I love the feeling of just walking around, seeing the surroundings!! :D However, I do like to run, and adding some run intervals works wonders!!

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06/23/2014 2:37pm

Yes! Mixing it up! And if you love to run...go for it! I just hate running... but enjoy walking! So I figure, I better walk because at least it's something I'll actually do!

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06/23/2014 2:13pm

Every time, we say the word walk my dogs ears pop-up. She is crazy for walks, which is great because we love them too.

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06/23/2014 2:35pm

That is great!! And isn't it funny how they just know! I think it's so adorable :)

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I love walking! It's probably my favorite form of exercise.

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06/23/2014 2:32pm

ME too!! It's so fun! Love it!

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06/23/2014 4:53pm

I love walking :) It's one of my favorite rest-day activities :)

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06/24/2014 11:31am

Good for you girl!! It is so good for you... without being so strenuous! Love it!

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06/23/2014 6:17pm

I love walking although I prefer running.

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06/24/2014 11:32am

Hey if you can do it, more power to ya! I'm just not a 'runner'! But good for you!! :)

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Your dog sounds just like my dog! She goes nuts when I get her leash. And if she's overdue for a walk she'll start howling at me.

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06/24/2014 11:33am

That's so funny!! hahaha... oh dogs! :)

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06/24/2014 3:00am

I love walking! I walk to work and back everyday, and really enjoy going for hikes in the country. It's a great way to stay active without even thinking about it :)

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06/24/2014 11:30am

You are so right!! It really is the best! :)

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06/24/2014 6:41am

I love walking, for recreation as much as exercise :) It's such a great way to unwind, and fun with other people too.

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06/24/2014 11:34am

I totally agree!! It's a great way to connect and catch up!

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06/24/2014 6:53am

I love walks! They're such a relaxing way to get some exercise in and it's great that you can enjoy the outdoors or some good company at the same time! :)

Great post!

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06/24/2014 11:35am

Thanks Christine!! And walks really are the best! :) Love 'em!

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06/24/2014 10:27am

I love walking! I live in the city so I try to walk wherever I go as long as it's not tooo far ! :)

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06/24/2014 11:34am

Oh that's so nice!! Definitely a plus of living in a city :)

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06/24/2014 11:11am

I love taking walks!! That's my favourite exercise ;-)

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06/24/2014 11:32am

Agreed!! They're so fun! :)

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06/24/2014 2:32pm

I love walking with my mom and dogs! We go all the time, and it's so much fun. :) I think it's perfect because it's low intensity so you don't have to worry so much about injuries. I don't think walking gets recognized enough so I'm glad you dedicated a whole post to it! :)

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06/25/2014 11:58am

Agreed!! And thank you!! Walking is so underrated :( ...but it really is great!

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06/24/2014 3:41pm

I didn't know walking helps fight off depression and Alzheimer's...interesting.

I do walk, a lot actually, because I live in a city and it's easier to walk than drive and park...it also helps me find interesting little boutiques and coffee shops and whatnot that I wouldn't have spotted from a car :)

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06/25/2014 11:59am

Great perspective Joyti!! And that sounds like so much fun!

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06/24/2014 10:05pm

My dog and I go on long walks or hikes every day! My pup gets a little crazy without daily exercise, but I like it too because it allows me to get some fresh air on a daily basis.

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06/25/2014 12:00pm

That's so true!! What a great little pup... keeping you healthy and happy :)

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06/25/2014 4:46am

Walking is my kind of everday 'workout' though I don't count it as one. Ever since I moved to the city leaving my bike at my parents' walking has become my favourite means of getting everywhere. Sometimes it even seems ridiculous to still pay for a monthly subway ticket but I guess it pays off when I'm in a hurry.
Also, walking with friends is the best kind of 'date'. Moving while talking just gets the thoughts flowing and conversation going so much better - another benefit.

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06/25/2014 12:04pm

You are so right!! Walking with friends is the best!! So glad that you are active daily!! Good for you girl!!

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06/25/2014 6:48am

LOVE walking! My dog loves it, too. I find it really relaxing.

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06/25/2014 12:05pm

Yay!! Walking is such a great way to de-stress... it really is relaxing!!

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06/25/2014 7:09am

Walks always help me clear my head...great post, girl!

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06/25/2014 12:05pm

Thanks!! I love a good walk... I'm glad you do too!!

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06/25/2014 7:52am

Walking always seems to lift my spirits! Especially in the summer! :)

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06/25/2014 12:06pm

YES! Summer walks really are the BEST! Def my fave time to go for a walk! :)

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06/25/2014 10:21pm

Yeah, I like walking, no walking shoes though, very casual...

ela h.

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06/26/2014 8:41am

Yeah... it's nice because you can just go for a walk in 'regular clothes'!!

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Cailee, this is just so great! You got me from the first sentence. I have a little bichon named Daisy and she is OBSESSED with going on walks. We cannot even say the word around her or even say wanna go for a....and she already knows haha! Walking is so wonderful for you in more than one way, which is why i'm so happy you shared this! Sometimes people get confused with needing to workout at the gym, and the need to be active. Thanks for highlighting it :) Have a fabulous Monday girl!

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