Episode 10: Walk It Off or Walk On? Whatever You Do, Just Walk This Way

man and woman sprint away from walking in the middle of the road
“We have to move immediately, for we are strolling down the middle of the road like a pair of idiots!”

Is there a less sexy exercise than walking? Sure, it’s got health benefits galore. But its appeal factor is somewhere between “limp, two-week-old broccoli” and “watching golf on TV.”

You’re likely not going to get “shredded” by walking, though your legs might get toned. If you want a heckin’ calorie burn, you’re gonna need to walk for eh while. (You don’t burn as many calories as you’d think with exercise anyway.) And it’s unlikely you’re going to see Russell Wilson or LaBron James shilling for those dead-sexy white walking shoes with soles the size of phone books.

But honestly, tramps like us, baby we were born to … walk. (Deepest apologies to The Boss.)

What walking really needs is a brand ambassador, one of them fancy influencers who will somehow make the most basic and yet one of the most beneficial exercises you can do totally, like, rad. Or whatever the cool kids are calling “good” these days.

If you’re still not convinced walking is “hard core” enough, consider some of these bitchin’ bioproducts of putting one foot in front o’ the other:

  • Good for your ticker
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Lowers your blood sugar
  • Can help with depression
  • Good for your joints
  • Helps you live longer
  • Kicks your creativity into high gear

There are also some ways you can incorporate gamification into your walking regimen. If you have a fitness tracker, it’s probably got you shooting for 10,000 steps a day, although the science behind that magic number is a little “meh.”

What ways have you embraced the humble walk? Where are your favorite places to walk, and what have you learned as you’ve walked on? Lay it all out for us in the comments.

Further Info and Deets

HIIT that walk hard, yo!

Outside Magazine: The Extraordinary Power of Going for a Walk

Put Your Money Where Your Foots Are with the Stepbet App

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