Not everyone has the time or ability to do in-depth, high-intensity exercise routines and that is okay. However, one thing that everyone can do is short walks. You may be curious as to how useful short walks are for making your fitter. Some might dismiss short walks as being useless and not helpful when it comes to fitness, but as you will see in this article, that isn’t the case.
What Short Walks Can’t Do:
Let’s start off by looking at what short walks can’t do. It is important to have realistic expectations when it comes to any form of exercise, so let’s be on the same page about this.
Short walks will not make you lose any significant amount of weight. Losing weight is as simple as burning more calories than you take in, and while short walks do burn some calories, they won’t help you burn anywhere near enough calories to make a meaningful impact.
So, no, short walks won’t technically make you “fitter” in the sense that you will burn a lot of calories and thus lose a lot of weight while doing them. However, as you will see shortly, this does not make them useless.
What Short Walks Can Do:
Short walks, despite not being a great option for losing weight, still really help out in a lot of ways. First off, if you are out of shape and haven’t exercised for a while, then short walks can be beneficial for getting your muscles “back into action.” Even short walks can help stretch out muscles that haven’t been used for a long time, which will help you prevent injury when you move onto more intense exercise.
Likewise, another major advantage of doing short walks is that they can have some health benefits. Being sedentary all the time is bad for your body, so even doing a short walk can help get your blood flowing and your heart pumping, which is good for your long-term health.
Short walks can also be very helpful for getting into a rhythm. If you aren’t used to exercising, then suddenly jumping into doing exercise every day can be a recipe for disaster. Doing short walks every day can help you get used to setting aside time for working out and it helps get your body used to doing physical activity every day. This can make your life a lot easier down the line.