Walking is seen very much as the poor relative in the world of exercise. It tends to get confined to the very
overweight, the infirm and the “just aren’t trying,” brigade but one of our most primal instincts is to walk. We didn’t just come down from the trees and stand upright so we could do a few rounds of squats and dead lifts. We stood to walk, and we walked to…. well, do just about everything else. We walked to hunt, to gather, to find shelter and ultimately to roam right across our island planet.
Walking is quite literally hard wired into our DNA. From the moment are children are born we are looking forward to them walking because it is such an important step in our development.
But as time and our ability to create and design the world around us grew, we began to use sitting as our main method of getting around. We sit on trains and buses, we sit in cars or on bikes. Heck now we can even track down our food and have it sent to us, cooked if required all while sitting on our asses. Even our work and entertainment (for most people), is done sitting down. And we honestly think that hitting the gym or Yoga class a couple of times a week means we’re super hero’s… NOT A CHANCE. Having legs and spending all day sitting around is a bit like having arms but deciding instead to just stick face in a bowl of food when you want to eat. Or having teeth but juicing everything and drinking it down… no wait… I know some people who do just that. Oops.
It’s in your blood.
Like I mentioned already, you were born to walk so why deny your body it’s genetic needs. Your distant ancestors didn’t climb out of the tress, brave the savannah predators, climb mountains and cross continents just so you could sit at the computer and devolve a hunch. You come from a long and line of walkers. Keep the tradition alive!
It reduces body fat.
Walking is never going to pt you on to the front of a Fitness modelling magazine, (maybe with some airbrushing). But walking does burn fat. When we walk about 5o%-60% of the calories burned come from your fat.
It gives you an ass worthy of a shake
Sitting all day, tightens the hip flexors and loosens the glutes, giving you the dreaded… saggy bottom. Walking actively engages the glutes and will both lift and firm them up.
It improves your glycemic control, especially after meals.
Just 15 minutes of walking after eating improved the blood glucose control in older people with poor glucose tolerance. Works best if you can get out and walk as soon as possible after eating.
Walking helps prevent Dementia
Older people who walk six miles or more per week are more likely to avoid brain shrinkage and preserve memory as the years pass. Since dementia affects one in 14 people over 65 and one in six over 80, we reckon that’s a pretty great idea.
Mindfulness is becoming a big part of learning to cope with the trials and tribulations of life nowadays. Walking gives a wonderful opportunity to engage with this process. Walking allows us time to become aware of what is around us; such as the many shades of green present in our surroundings, what smells are in the air, how warm or cold the air brushing against our skin feels. It can awaken deadened senses and remind us what it fells like to alive in a living world.
Coach Aaron Hanlon
Wishing you a very Dynamic future.