So we walk every day. When we wake up and go to the bathroom, kitchen, and towards the car, we walk. It is a common thing the most of us do aside from talking, and the health benefits of walking, both physically and mentally, are known to us. But did you know that there are four types of walking which you probably don’t notice? Well, not until now, you don’t.
Chun-Yu Kuo and Yei-Yu Yeh had undergraduate students from the National Taiwan University contemplate alternate uses for chopsticks while they walked the perimeter of a 400 x 500 meter rectangular area or wandered freely within the area. They all then had 10 minutes to list out uses, and the free walking group outperformed the rectangle walkers on the task. — Thomas Ward Ph.D.
The Four Types Of Walking
Walk Or Run
Walk or run is a type of walking that allows you to increase your speed. You walk and run and change back and forth to boost the burning of your calories and increase heart rate. Some of us may think it is a simple workout, but it could actually be intense. For some, it could be walking for at least five minutes then running for two repeatedly.
Taking a walk in outdoors in a non-concrete setting: a park, a mountain trail, a beach, even a desert is a boon to mental and physical health. But there is evidence that taking a walk in a forest or woods is particularly effective for reducing stress and even anxiety. —
This type of walking is what we usually do like when we go to the park or the mall. It isn’t noticeable as it is what we do. When we move around the house to get from one room to another, we do the lifestyle walk. It may not create that much benefit compared to other types of walking, but it sure does some exercise with our muscles, especially the legs. It is why we are advised to walk to the office if it’s just a few blocks away.
This type of walking is brisker than lifestyle walking as it is intentionally done to improve heart rate. It is when you go for a walk around the park or the neighborhood with the aim to work out your muscles. When you use the treadmill, it is also considered fitness walking because you use it as a form of a fitness program. Usually, fitness walkers accompany walking with other types of exercise as well.
As the sound implies, high-energy walking is a type of an intensified form of exercise, and it is designed to burn calories. It is done by walking brisker than usual, a few steps below jogging or running. People who work out regularly know the difference between walks. It is definitely not for beginners as it may be just a form of walking, but it could make feel you hot and all sweaty with pounding heart rate. A high-energy walk is done about two to three times a week.
Walking is much more than a necessary movement. We can do it because our body needs it, not just to function and do our tasks but to improve our health as well. It is beneficial to our physical being as it decreases the risk of getting sick. It also is beneficial to our mental health as it helps our mind relax.
Walking is an excellent form of exercise for us, and the best thing about it is that we can do it anywhere and for free. We can even do it while inside the house. Undoubtedly, it is the most convenient form of work out to take care of our body. Health is wealth, we say. Indeed! Now, it’s time to walk the talk.