Sure, lifting weights and spinning are excellent ways to stay fit, but there’s one exercise that fuels your body like none other.
(Via Today.com) It may not be as hip as pilates, or as popular as interval training, but fitness experts agree walking is the best overall health and wellness exercise you can do.
While it is still widely believed that working out at the gym and eating right is all you need to obtain health, some fitness experts say it’s the combined constant movement of walking with other exercise and healthy food choices that lead to optimum health.
Researchers also say there’s emerging evidence suggesting physical activity mixed with periods of inactivity may be more important for chronic disease risk than physical activity alone.
“Actively sedentary is a new category of people who are fit for one hour but sitting around the rest of the day,” says author and scientist Katy Bowman. “You can’t offset 10 hours of stillness with one hour of exercise.”
Bowman also says walking is a biological imperative similar to eating.
“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human. It’s a lot easier to get movement than it is to get exercise,” she says.
Leslie Sansone, creator of the “Walk at Home: Mix & Match Walk Blasters” DVD, agrees that too many people believe gym time is the only way to be healthy.
“There’s this “Biggest Loser” idea out there that if you’re not throwing up and crying you’re not getting fit,” she said, referring to the popular television weight-loss show.
In a small study of non-obese men published in the “Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise” by scientists at Indiana University, three five-minute walks throughout three hours of prolonged sitting reverses the harmful effects of prolonged sitting on arteries in the legs.
“Three miles per hour is a good beginning, gradually working to 4 miles per hour,” Sansone says.
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