Want to exercise outside, but don’t want to end up covered in sweat and sore? Your new routine can be as simple as just going for a walk. Walking is very healthy, low effort, and can be a fun way to separate yourself from going to a stuffy gym. On top of that, after being stuck inside for over a year, it’s a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful scenery and trails that Los Angeles and the surrounding areas have to offer.
On top of allowing yourself to get out of the house and seeing the beautiful scenery, walking has an incredible amount of health benefits for being a low effort activity. Walking is great for your heart, immune system, and are an excellent way to relieve stress, clear your head, and stretch your legs.
Health Benefits of Walking
- Improved balanced, increased muscle strength and endurance
- Increased cardiovascular fitness
- Increased lung health
- Better management of hypertension, high cholesterol, and joint pain
Walking is an easy way to build up your muscle strength, endurance, and lung and heart health. Whether you start out with just walking around your neighborhood, or going on a hike or exploring the new trails in Los Angeles, just getting outside and stretching your legs will leave you feeling better and energized. Start out with 30 minutes of walking a day to build a routine, and gradually build up your amount of activity over time. Keep track of your steps and try to reach a goal daily, and set a comfortable and healthy pace for yourself.
What’s most important is to stay mindful and not overdo it. Warm up beforehand and cool down afterward, and do appropriate stretches to make sure your body is ready and comfortable. Especially as temperatures get higher and higher, bring a water bottle and make sure to stay hydrated. Take care of yourself, and gradually build walking into your daily routine. If you’re building walking into a larger part of a healthy routine, check out Fitness Kitchen LA’s healthy and mindful meal plans to go with your new exercise routine.