It’s one of our favorite days in the year #RIPPEDFamily—National Walking Day! We enjoy any day that encourages us to get up and move around for our health and happiness. We’re all used to pumping up the jams and heart rates in a R.I.P.P.E.D. or RUMBLE class but you can also reap some pretty healthy rewards from a simple walk as well. A few may even shock you.
Our 4 Favorite Benefits of Walking
1. Helps Your Lungs and Stamina
We’ve all learned this in science class—we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. The more we walk, the more frequent our body goes through this inhalation and exhalation process, which exercises our lungs.
2. Increases Energy Levels
Walking helps circulate the oxygen around your body, which helps to liven you up, making you more productive and positive throughout the day. Breathing in more oxygen that gets circulated through our body also helps keeps us alert and in a better mood.
3. Reduces Joint Pain
Walking strengthens your muscles that support your joints and can help to ease any pain caused by arthritis. It actually works as a preventative measure for arthritis so you may never have to experience that pain.
4. Feel Better Physically
If you can’t make it to a R.I.P.P.E.D. class or your trip to the gym, you can still get your cardio fix by walking. Walking at a pace that get’s your heart rate and temperature raising can be the equivalent to a session on the treadmill.
12 Convenient Ways to Walk Throughout Your Day
Who says you can’t accomplish all the goals on your to-do list AND your steps for the day? Learn how to take care of business—on foot.
- Walk to your R.I.P.P.E.D. class
- Walk around while brushing your teeth.
- Say hello to a neighbor
- Check the mail—on foot
- Walk to the grocery store
- Walk to your coworker rather than email
- Head to lunch on foot
- Take your meeting to the road. (Walk around the block)
- Set up a phone alert every 2 hours to walk around
- Freshen up your home daily (nothing major, just pick up things that are out of place and sweep around)
- Take the long way to the bathroom
- Take the stairs (an oldie, but a goodie!)
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