Why? Because most people can do it, very little equipment is needed (just shoes), and it can be done anywhere including your home. Walking is an excellent aerobic workout but with a few tweaks it can become a strength gem as well.
Here are ways to make your walk more beneficial:
- Every 15 minutes stop and do a set of 10 squats and 10 push ups.
- Every 7 minutes pick up the pace and really move fast (for at least 3 minutes) until slowing down again.
- Find some hills to climb while you are walking.
- Find a park that has a trail that includes fitness stops and calisthenics.
- Walk inside your home on a treadmill or just around the house.
- Purchase some walking dvd's that can be done in a small area inside your home.
- Change your stride and walk sideways or backwards. This calls into play different muscle groups.
- Go on a hike. Trails tend to be uneven and hilly which really calls muscle into play.
- Wear a weighted vest while you walk.
Please note that I do not recommend you carry hand weights while walking. These tend to pull your posture out of alignment and can hurt your back muscles.
Fitness does not have to be expensive or elaborate. With just a few small tweaks, even a walk around the neighborhood can get that heart pumping and keep you healthy!