why walking is important

Why Walking Is important and “Fundamental” Self-Care

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers.


Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training. And the best part is that it is considered fundamental self-care. If you’re a Mom and need a much-needed break, this is a great way to accomplish that.


Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.


You guys know GirlTrek, the largest national health and self-care movement for Black women, which promotes wellness through organized walk?


GirlTrek was founded in 2012 by Vanessa Garrison and T. Morgan Dixon, ​(both 44), and since then has grown into a massive organization worldwide.


Last week Garrison shared that the pandemic amplified their mission tenfold when during quarantine people turned to walking as the only possible form of exercise they could do. All of us were pretty much walking in isolation. In that  moment of pause, rest, and reflection, GirlTrek was able to focus on getting back to the core of their grassroots organization.


What’s Garrison’s advice for making walking a daily routine?

Garrison says that we should think of walking as the best transportation from one place to the next. Don’t look at it as exercise. Instead, choose activities where walking enhances the experience. That’s how you make walking a daily habit and not a to-do. It makes it enjoyable.

Combined with meditation, your walking can be amplified. Try it sometime. 


We know everybody has their thing, some of us like running, biking, yoga, but we think when you’re at a loss in trying to move everyday, we agree with GirlTrek…walking should be your go-to.

Here are some health benefits, in the event you are still doubtful.


Health benefits of walking

You carry your own body weight when you walk. This is known as weight-bearing exercise. Some of the benefits include:

  • increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
  • reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
  • improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
  • stronger bones and improved balance
  • increased muscle strength and endurance
  • reduced body fat.


On Tiktok, we listened to a video that shared 3 underrated habits. Guess what one of them was? Yes, walking. They recommended walking at least 1 1/2 hours everyday.


Tomorrow as you consider staying an extra hour in bed, try getting up and walking around your block for about 1o minutes, and if it goes well, increase it by five minutes everyday. Before you know it, you’ll be a walking somebody, having built up a daily routine.


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