Gyms can lend themselves to excuses—no time, no energy, no money for petrol. But when you can’t find the motivation, or moments… blow off the gym and take a walk. Even within the most extreme time constraints, walking does not have to be done all at once. Five minutes here and there can really add up. This is an exercise that fits easily into those precious spare moments of your day.
"Lifestyle" walking is one of the few forms of exercise that you slip seamlessly into your everyday life. It's the type of casual, low-intensity walking style you do when you walk around the mall, to the train station and around the supermarket aisles. Lifestyle walking is such a simple activity that you may think it's not worth doing. After all, how much benefit can you get from what is essentially a glorified stroll? A lot, as it turns out.
When you lifestyle walk, you strengthen and tone your calves, thighs, hips, abdominals and lower back. In recent years, major research studies have found that walking as little as two kilometres a day at a comfortable pace reduces your risk of heart disease, increases stamina and improves overall health. It has also been shown to reduce stress and fatigue as well as improve self-esteem and mood.