Top 10 Benefits of Walking

Walking is one of those things that there’s really no down side to. Anyone (almost everyone) can do it, it’s easy and it’s FREE! We all like free stuff right?? Especially freebies that will help us with our health goals.

Walking is an incredibly good way to start, or continue your fitness journey. It’s not physically exerting – unless you are walking 10 miles a day, but hey all the power to ya – and it’s a good way to get your heart rate up and joints oiled up.

So what else is so great about walking? Well, let me tell you..

1. IT STRENGTHENS YOUR BONES

It can stop the bone loss of osteoporosis. One Nurse’s Health Study found that women who walked a minimum of 4 hours a week (less than 30 minutes per day) had a 40% less risk of hip fracture.

2. ENHANCES CIRCULATION

Walking regularly is great for your heart. It can increase blood circulation, helping to lower blood pressure and can end up reducing the risk of a stroke.

3. BOOSTS YOUR MOOD

Physical activity stimulates your brain. It also releases chemicals called endorphins, these chemicals interact with the brain in a way that reduces pain and improves ones mood.

4. IMPROVES SLEEP 

Walking can help you fall asleep faster, and into a deeper sleep. Walking outdoors is especially beneficial because the exposure to sunlight will help keep your vitamin levels happy. Physical activity will also tire your body out where it needs to hit REM more than normal.

5. STIMULATES YOUR MIND

A study done by the University of California found that women who walked about 30 minutes per day had a slower decline in memory loss than those that didn’t walk as much.

6. IMPROVE BALANCE AND COORDINATION

Walking utilizes every part of your lower body, and thus strengthens it. The more one walks, the stronger the lower body will be. Studies find that those who do not walk as frequently have weaker muscles in their shins and therefor tend to lose their balance more.

7. PREVENTS DISEASES

It lowers the risk of Alzheimers. Studies show that those who walk more than just a quarter of a mile per day have a greatly reduced risk of obtaining Alzheimers Disease.

8. RAISES YOUR IMMUNITY

Regular exercise will help maintain a healthy body weight. This will in turn keep your body at it’s full potential and have a strong immune system. Your body will then be able to fight off more diseases and illnesses.

9. SUPPORTS YOUR JOINTS

Your joints are made of cartilage, and many of our joints do not have a direct blood supply. Joints get their nutrition from juices and oxygen that the body circulates when we move. The more we walk, the more oxygen and nutrients get into the joints. The healthier our joints are the more painless our day to day life will be!

10. HELPS YOU LOSE WEIGHT

Last but not least, walking helps with weight loss. It burns calories! It also builds muscle. Walking several miles a day will help jump start your journey to a healthier life.

So, let’s get to walking! Take an early morning stroll, a lunch time break to clear your head, or an evening walk in the park.. However, whenever, just move your feet!

Do you walk every day? Why/why not? 

When is your favorite time to go on a walk? Do you jam out to music when you do, or do you like the silence? 

Comment below!!

That’s all for today!

Xo, Dev

Should You Pass on Classpass?

Answer is NO!

If you haven’t heard of it, Classpass is an app that grants you access to a plethora of fitness studios in your respective city. I live in Atlanta and there are hundreds of fitness studios that I now have access to through Classpass.

The reason that I love fitness studios is because the trainers truly push you to your max, and give you new exercises that you may not have known about prior… And if you’re like me and need a bit of competition to get you going – it’s a great motivator!

The one factor that I dislike about fitness studios… the COST! It is SO expensive. In Atlanta, the average price of a fitness class, whether that be cycle (my favorite!), barre, interval trainings, strength based trainings or anything else is anywhere between $25-$35 per class. Memberships vary anywhere from $110-$400 per month depending on the studio and type of class. Personally, I love going to spin classes but those tend to be the most expensive.

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Aaaand that is how we got to Classpass! There are several different types of memberships – a 3x per month intro offer, 5x per month and 10x per month. I normally do a 5x per month package and it’s only $55. That breaks down to about $11 per class! WHAT A STEAL!

The caveat is that depending on which program you have, you are restricted to how many times you can visit each studio. For example, on my 5 classes per month package, I can only visit the same studio twice within the same membership cycle (1 month). TBH, I’m totally okay with this because it pushes me to try out new studios and new workouts!

If you’d like to sign up to test Classpass out, click on the link and you’ll get $40 off your first month! YEAHHHH who doesn’t like to save monies?!

What is your favorite workout class? 

Have you ever tried Classpass, and did you like it? Why/why not?!

Xo, Dev