7 Reasons why Walking is Amazing

7 Reasons why Walking is Amazing

7. You can potentially get way more exercise in if walking is your form of exercise.

It is the difference between 1-2 hours of exercise and the potential of 10+ hours of movement. One of the ways we reward ourselves for exercising is by taking it easy for the rest of the day. See #1 for more on this.) We end up getting a lower amount of total movement than if we had walked for entertainment and recreation, to do errands or commute to work. And the best thing is that the more you walk, the more you can walk. It is definitely a skill you can build on too.

6. You’ll build a better bootie.

When you use an optimal gait pattern (one which uses your posterior leg and gluteous muscles) your glutes get toned.

5. You will recharges your batteries.

Studies have shown that walking – especially outside in nature – helps with depression and stimulates creative thinking while relaxing your mind.

4. It is the most efficient exercise you can do.

You use more of your body and more muscle groups when you are walking than you do with any other exercise, and with no cost – see #3.

3. Walking has little (or no) physiological cost, only gain.

There is a physiological cost to your joints, muscles and internal organs when you exercise hard. For example cardiac tissue gets micro tears from high intensity distance running. Your body repairs tears like this in about a week, but if you do high intensity workouts more often, the muscle does not have time to complete its repair and starts to build scar tissue. But you can walk everyday without needing recovery time.

2. It is free.

It can even save you money if you walk rather than drive or use public transit. I am anticipating a comment from someone who says they walk in a gym on a treadmill and pay a membership, therefore it isn’t free. Ok…but you *can* walk outdoors for free. And walking on a treadmill doesn’t use your posterior leg muscles as much, so reason number 6 – not so much.

1. Walking helps you avoid exercise crashes.

You know how when you are exercising hard and afterwards you crash? Maybe you have to take to your couch for the rest of the day (due to pain and fatigue) or are ravenous and end up eating a bunch of food you probably wouldn’t even eat ordinarily – or both. When I taught fitness classes, a lot of the time I crashed after teaching a class. Sometimes I rewarded myself with food, but mainly it was fatigue and low level pain that caused my crashes.

No one is saying you need to give up your class (or biking, running, etc.) However exercise comes with a disclaimer: if you constantly push yourself to the brink, or beyond, of injury and/or exhaustion AND you get less overall movement as a result, your exercise practice is bringing you a step closer to down-time, than a step towards health.

For a more detailed explanation of this you can check out Katie Bowman’s blog post Junk Food Walking.


Lynn Canyon Park, Sea to Sky

Lynn Canyon Park, Sea to Sky

It is Victoria Day Weekend in Canada: the first long weekend that officially kicks off the summer. Regardless of the weather.

We tossed around a few possibilities for an activity and ruled out a road trip. We thought of going to Saltspring Island for the Saturday market but, from here, it is a 3 hour ferry ride each way. And we decided we wanted a movement kind of weekend – not a sit-down event.

So we decided to cross off a couple of hikes we haven’t done in Vancouver yet – in North Vancouver. On Saturday we went to Lynn Canyon Park where a suspension bridge crosses the ravine. Impressions: tall trees, fragrant air, and stairs. Hundreds of them. And a ravine with emerald-green water.

After we got back to the car, we went further back down the road to Deep Cove where we immediately thought about staying. Forever. It is just that pretty.

Deep CoveLooking for a spot for a nibble, I jokingly said we should ask for the raw, vegan, gluten-free place in town and on the next block we found just that. They make gluten-free crepes with so many delicious choices it was hard to choose. I had Nutella and banana crepe – for the magnesium in the banana you understand.

On Sunday we decided to head out to North Vancouver in the opposite direction and go Squamish, to the Sea to Sky Gondola to take us up to wondrous views of Howe Sound and the surrounding mountains.

Two days of fresh mountain air, scented with pines and cedars, and being active. We had to drive to get to both of these places of course, but so much less of a drive (and no waiting in line) as we would have had we gone to one of the Islands or across the border. And the best thing is that we didn’t buy any stuff.


It’s a New Day

It’s a New Day

It is said that happiness is a choice. Every day you have the opportunity and choice of how to respond to the day. What do you choose?