Eat and Energize


Megan Mitchell, staff writer

This week we’re going to be talking about walking, and how it is a great form of exercise.

Now I know what you’re thinking. How could something as simple as walking actually be an effective exercise?

Well, that’s why it’s a great exercise. It’s so simple. All you have to do is walk.

Some people think that running is much more effective for exercise, but here’s the thing: running can be harder for those that are older or new to exercise. If you can run and you want to, that’s great. If not, start by walking. Of course, if you want your walk to be as effective as a run, you have to walk for a much longer time, so make sure you have the time in your day to do it.

Personally, I’ve started going on 30-50 minute walks after I get home from school. I just walk around my neighborhood, and it’s honestly so relaxing. I would much rather walk for 50 minutes than run for 10 minutes (I hate running).

When the pandemic started, I know that a lot of people starting going walking on trails. If that is your thing, do it!

It is recommended that you take 10,000 steps a day. According to 10000steps.org.au, “Studies using the 10,000 steps per day goal have shown weight loss, improved glucose tolerance, and reduced blood pressure from increased physical activity toward achieving this goal.”

The weather is getting colder out, so it’s understandable if you don’t want to go outside and walk for a half hour, but if there is a nice sunny day with moderate temperatures this winter, I encourage you to go outside and walk.