Everyone has their own way of working out. While some prefer to lift heavy, others have indulged in a whole new world of power pilates. Variation is key, as well as consistency. Although, you might be avoiding the easiest and most effective routine that can be incorporated into everyone's daily routine. It's time to start power walking.
Power walking might be one of the most underrated routines. To be honest, we have conditioned our minds to believe an hour in the gym, lifting the heaviest, and sticking to a balanced diet is the way forward. But, the tougher the workout doesn't always equate to better results. At the end of the day, you should choose the workouts that only make you feel your best. That's why it's always good to mix it up a little bit. More importantly, it's time to acknowledge the effects of low-intensity exercise. According to a study conducted and authored by Pedro F. Saint-Maurice, the longevity but intense movement of power walking contribute to longer lives. We've already got our walking shoes on!
So what exactly did the results from this study show? Well, after investigating the daily lives of 47,000 participants over the course of seven years, they found substantial effects of the fast-paced stepping stone. One key element of the study proved that an extra 10 minutes of power walking a day could prevent over 111,000 deaths a year or, in other words, increase our lifespan. You heard it from us. We're not saying sweat and stretch it out until we're sore, but just adding those minutes into our lives can have a profound effect, and you didn't even know until now. Of course, there are extreme benefits to every workout, and that's why they're promoted. However, when you're leaving the gym or want to end a structured super-set with a little treadmill action, turn up the speed to truly feel the effects. Or, on those days you don't feel like working out - which is entirely normal - this is a great way to dive into something quick and easy to release those endorphins. Not to mention, we're making those 10 minutes an excuse to add a little more activewear into our wardrobe.
Still, it's essential to keep in mind that power walking is different from regular walking, and it's not an intense form of cardio either. All you have to do is pick up the speed enough to accelerate your heart rate, just enough so those Fitbit's or Apple watches identify a workout. Forget hot girl summer walks, it's all year-round power walking. Let's do this!