When I tell people walking is my main source of exercise, I often get a weird look in response.
After all, in a world filled with thousands of unique fitness classes and a gym on every street corner, simply walking isn’t exactly the most exciting fitness option on the market.
But regardless, it works for me.
And there’s loads of benefits of walking too. It’s easy, you don’t need equipment, it’s enjoyable and best of all, it’s free.
We posed this question to a number of experts in the health and fitness field.
This is what they told us.
What are the benefits of walking?
According to the Heart Foundation, walking for an average of 30 minutes a day can lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes and stoke by 30 to 40 per cent.
Evidence also suggests that the benefits of walking can even extend to the brain by improving memory skills and learning and by reducing the risks of both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Heart Foundation National Walking Manager Michelle Wilson is a strong advocate for walking.
“With walking, great gains can be made from small steps, and as people build up their pace and level of activity, they can get all the benefits of moderate exercise with a low risk of injury,” Ms Wilson said.
“Walking with others has many health benefits – both physically and psychologically. It helps people stay motivated, strengthens social connections and is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people.”
Fitness and health expert Ricardo Riskalla says walking is the number one exercise that everyone should be doing.