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Few days back, I had an interesting discussion with my colleague about benefits of walk and exercise. She was of the view that walk is more effective than exercise because it not only keeps you physically healthy but also serves as a good stress buster. I, on the other hand, feel that exercise fits better in my daily schedule and yields better results.
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Being the "lazy" that I am, I'd go for walking in a heartbeat! It may sound ironic, but I love walking but I hate working out. Yes, it's confusing, right? I think I am at ease with walking no matter the distance because it can help ease my mind, as much as it can help me think whenever I need to.
The pace may be a reason too because personally, I am more comfortable doing things at my own pace. Though I can work out for social reasons like if a friend or family asks me to work out with them or if there are activities in school like a fun run and others. But, if you will ask me, I'd never initiate working out on my own.
Walking is the best form of physical activity for me and I enjoy it, especially if I do it with loved ones because I take advantage of it to have a conversation and enjoy their company. Walking is really good for the heart, literally and figuratively.
I'd say to go for whatever exercise you enjoy and will stick with.
I have never enjoyed exercise unless it was more the "girly" type of exercise, such as dance, yoga, or walking. I do not like to sweat, actually!
But I walk every day and have done so for most of my adult life. I even liked to walk around the neighborhood daily with my friends as a child and teen. So it is natural that this is my "go-to" exercise.
Honestly, I think that you are more likely to stick with whatever form of exercise you like the best. So there is no right or wrong answer to what is the better movement, except it should be one that you actually do and stick with.
Good luck with whatever you choose.
I love both! And I think it all depends on the person. Especially as we get older, high intensity workouts might not be the best thing to be doing regularly. I enjoy low impact walks and it's a great opportunity for some alone time or to spend time with a friend. There are perks for both for your body. I do believe it's very beneficial to get your heart rate up a few times a week. It also depends on your goals... regardless either is a wonderful way to move your body.
I think there is no one fit for everyone here. It really is what works for you. I find walking or running boring and prefer activities such as reformer pilates or aerial silks and hoops classes. As long as you have a way of being active that you enjoy - it doesn't matter what kind of activity it is.
For me, I find walking a more centering activity because when I am outdoors and can move at my own pace, I am able to look around at the natural beauty where I live and this helps me to relieve stress. Walking is a form of exercise, but how effective it is as a means of improving or maintaining fitness will depend on many factors including the pace at which you walk and whether you tackle any inclines. I think that a brisk walk, where you are increasing your heart rate, especially if there are some uphill sections making your muscles work a little bit harder is an effective form of cardio-vascular exercise. Walking can also be a gentle exercise, allowing you to move your body without high impact or major strain which is important for many different people including those recovering from illness or surgery, or who are more elderly.
Experts do recommend that some kind of weight bearing exercise should be included in an exercise routine to assist in maintaining bone health which is especially important for us women who have had kids, or for those people who may have a history of osteoporosis in their family. It is also important if you are restricting your calories to ensure that bone density / bone mass is not affected by dieting.
I do not enjoy going to the gym, and so my go-to activities are walking and swimming. If I feel the need for something a little more high intensity, I find a good dance playlist on iTunes and spend a little while dancing - It's a fun way to release endorphins and build up a bit of a sweat.