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Why I Practice Walking

Most of us are not walking at all.   If our entire lives are filled with sitting still, how do we change that?   It is all about moving, so in this blog, you’ll learn to stand, walk, and walk while running.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never walked before, if you ever planned to practice walking, or even if you’ve practiced walking in the past, it’s not the same. Walking is essential to many, if not all lifestyle choices.  If your entire life is filled with sitting still, how do you change the way you walk for maximum benefit? For the average person, how long has walking been a part of your life? It’s all about moving as a natural part of life.  It’s easy to sit and wait for the opportunity to move, but that’s a lot harder when the opportunity arises unexpectedly.  In order to get people into walking, you have to convince them that it is worth doing. How do you do that?   You tell them it is good for them, and it actually works.

This post is not so much about walking, but about life more generally, and what we have to do to live a healthy life.

There is a reason we call this type of article: we can only write so long before it gets boring. If you are looking for a list of things to do that can be done alone, try this: 1) Read this article 2) Practice walking

You might as well start at the beginning

For the longest time I tried to write just about the basics of health, exercise, and moving.  But these days, I want to do a bigger and better post on exercise, so for now I have to stick with just walking.  And when we say walking, we mean walking on flat, level ground.  A lot better than walking on uneven ground.

In case you don’t already know how to take a walk, I like to do so once a week, on a weekday in my living room.  It is very easy and inexpensive to go to a park and walk around.  I usually take my usual route around town, just because I find walking by myself is much more enjoyable.

If you don’t own an exercise bike or treadmill, it is possible to build one yourself out of anything you have available. You can find most of the parts needed here: https://www.homedepot.com/.

If you already have a bike or treadmill, you can do a very low-cost exercise walk, without going to the gym or park, in your front yard or even on the sidewalk.  I call this a low maintenance walk. I started on my driveway and walk around to the nearest corner, then take a look at the neighborhood.  Doing this several times a week is all you need.

As a bonus, doing this exercise walk improves flexibility, and improves your posture when you can use your upper body muscles less than normal.  If you are in an office job, it can be a simple, inexpensive way to get exercise in that doesn’t require a gym membership.

A video tutorial is available here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/the-walking-guide-to-a-more-healthy-life-video

The easiest way for me to do a walk is standing with my legs crossed, using a step stool.  This is also a great exercise to do with the kids!  Stand tall, with your feet about shoulder width apart.  Let the step stool sit on the ground, and your feet will naturally walk across it while you’re standing!  It’s a great way to get into a good, full range of motion – just as you would when standing on a step. For safety reasons, this exercise is not recommended if you have a back problem, so the only way to get this exercise if you have a weak back (or otherwise need to walk slowly) is to sit down on the step stool and place your feet on it while you stand! As you can see, this is a pretty easy exercise, and for most of us it’s a part of the routine.