To get back into the wellness aspect of my blog I'd like to venture back into my exercise routine. Still holding true to caveman form, I am a huge advocate of walking. Our ancestors walked for long distances to brink uncharted territories for centuries. Usually running was done in small sprints when hunting or escaping danger.
I have been walking a 4-5 miles for about 3 days out of the week and I'm feeling as toned as if I did the treadmill for the same amount of time. I am not saying long distance running isn't as good, by no means but there is a definitely a higher injury rate, a media bias, and in my opinion a cause of a overcharged metabolism (have you ever noticed past runners become fat or obese?) not to mention a strain on the joints and muscles. You can tell I'm a runner huh? :)
The key to getting the most out of walking is finding a trail or road that has various inclines to allow your heart rate to get into the aerobic training zone. Be prepared to walk for a long time, since that is when you get the best results. I spend 8 hours a day on my butt so I need to counteract that with at least 2 hours of walking as soon as I'm off work. Its good to supplement this with other workouts such as CrossFit or P90x yoga to get a full body workout.
Walking is fun, and when you slow down you really get to notice your surroundings. It is even better with a walking partner! You'd be surprised at how therapeutic it is! :)