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8 Types of Walking: Health and Fitness Benefits of Each

Linda Crampton is a biology teacher who loves to walk. She enjoys exploring places on foot and appreciates the health benefits of walking.

Walking is a wonderful way to explore and has great health benefits.

Walking is a wonderful way to explore and has great health benefits.

My Favorite Form of Exercise

Walking is a wonderful form of exercise and a great activity for maintaining both physical and mental health. The activity can be easy, moderately challenging, or hard, depending on the type of walking and the terrain. It’s a mistake to think that it can never be a vigorous or a demanding form of exercise, but it can also be a gentle form if that’s what the body needs. Best of all, walking is fun.

Walking can be a very convenient way to exercise, since it can be done as part of daily activities such as traveling to and from work, going to an appointment, doing shopping, or exercising a dog. On the other hand, it can be part of a special event, such as an exploration of a new area, a challenging hike, or a competition.

In this article, I describe the following types of exercise:

  • brisk walking
  • trail walking
  • power or speed walking
  • hill walking
  • hiking
  • Nordic or pole walking
  • stair climbing

I also briefly describe race walking. Unlike the exercise types in the list above, I don’t have much experience with the technique. It could be appealing for walkers who want to move very fast.

Walking is a great way to explore nature.

Walking is a great way to explore nature.

Walking for Physical and Mental Health

Walking has always been an important part of my life and is my most common form of transportation. In my childhood and today, the activity has provided me with physical and mental benefits. I find that it improves my mood and helps me solve problems. Even slow and meditative walks can be useful for this purpose. I make sure that I do more challenging types of walking as well as easier types in order to boost my physical fitness.

Walking slowly certainly has some benefits. In order to experience the majority of the benefits offered by the activity, however, some effort must be made during exercise. People who are interested in adding variety to their workouts can choose from a variety of walking styles that increase intensity or exercise specific muscle groups.

Walking through a park is a very enjoyable activity.

Walking through a park is a very enjoyable activity.

In addition to the essentials that people usually take with them when they leave their home, walkers may need other items. Suitable shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather are very important. Water, sunscreen, and/or other items may be necessary on some occasions. It’s important to avoid being overloaded with things to carry, however.

Brisk Walks

A brisk walk can be invigorating. If you already walk to go to the store, to meet children when school ends for the day, or for some other purpose, deliberately increasing the pace could be very beneficial. Slow walks may be good for mental heath, but they don’t do much for physical health. There is an exception to this rule, however. If you must walk slowly due to an infirmity or because you are recovering from an illness or an injury, a slow journey might provide important benefits for your body. It's important that your doctor approves of the exercise, even if it is slow, and that their advice is followed.

The term ”brisk” is a little vague. The CDC resource in the “References” section below has a link called “Measuring Physical Activity Intensity.” They say that a brisk walk is one in which a person moves at a speed of three miles an hour or faster. The term doesn’t include race walking (a very rapid form of walking that has a specific style and that I describe below).

Physical activity such as walking can help improve health even without weight loss.

— CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Adding Brisk Walks to Daily Life

Once your body gets used to brisk walks, you could try adding more of them. The need to get to appointments or special events could be additional chances for a fast walk if the situation is practical. Getting off a bus or train before the usual stop or parking further away from a building than normal provides a chance for exercise. Taking a longer route than usual before meeting a child at school could also provide more exercise.

Walking your dog could be another opportunity for brisk exercise, though there may have to be periodic pauses for the dog's sniff and pee breaks. Taking my dog for walks is enjoyable, and he needs the exercise and the stimulation. I take some of my walks without him, however, because it allows me to travel continuously without breaks.

If you don’t need any of the tactics mentioned above to “sneak” a walk into your day, simply leaving your home with no other goal than enjoying some brisk exercise can be a great plan. I even enjoy walking in the rain, as long as I’m wearing suitable clothing.

The CDC recommends that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderately-intense aerobic exercise—such as brisk walking—each week. They say that “the talk test is a simple way to measure relative intensity. In general, if you’re doing moderate-intensity activity, you can talk but not sing during the activity”.

Exploring Trails

Walking on sidewalks and observing the surroundings can be fun, but traveling along a trail offers new opportunities for exercise and enjoyment. Trail walking on a flat surface offers many benefits. Trails often go through areas of nature such as parks or travel beside interesting places such as rivers, lakes, or the ocean. They can be found in rural areas, in suburban ones, and even in cities. They have various surfaces and are unpaved or paved. They can be very interesting places to explore. You may want to stop periodically to enjoy the scenery or to take photographs while on a trail, but a brisk walk in between these pauses could be very beneficial.

A trail can provide a long-distance walk. It's important to plan the journey carefully, to take supplies, and to think about any precautions that are needed, especially if the trail goes through isolated areas. Personal safety is important. While a flat surface may not be especially challenging, the distance may be. It may be necessary to travel along only a section of a trail during a particular walk.

Power or Speed Walking

I find power walking, also known as speed walking, to be a good workout. This style of exercise is done with bent arms, allowing a person to move at a faster pace than moving with arms hanging at the sides. The head should be kept forward and the shoulders down when power walking. The arms should be bent at a ninety degree angle and swing as the walker moves, as shown in the video above. Each foot should land on the heel and roll to the toes. The exercise can strengthen the upper body, abdomen, and lower body.

I do power walking intervals in some of my regular walks. Power walking is not the same as race walking. Race walking is an Olympic sport and enables a person to move as fast as some runners. I haven't tried this form of exercise except for some very brief intervals done for fun in my regular walks, but it may be appealing for some people. It reportedly provides a great cardiovascular workout, but unlike running it’s a low-impact form of exercise. I know it best as a spectator. Athletes sometimes move so fast when race walking that their gait changes into a running one and they risk being disqualified from an event, as shown in the video below.

Hill Walking

Walking uphill and hiking are great workouts. Climbing hills raises the heart rate and is excellent exercise for the leg muscles. It's important to warm up muscles by doing gentle walking before beginning to climb. It's also important for beginners to rest when necessary and even to turn around and go back down a slope before reaching the summit if this is necessary. I find it an enjoyable challenge to go a bit further up a difficult hill each time I tackle it.

I’m lucky to live at the base of a forested hill which was left mainly untouched when the city was developed. It's easy for me to get an uphill walk and to be surrounded by nature. My dog and I love these trips. They provide great exercise for both of us, and the scenery is lovely.

At the top of the hill we reach the Trans Canada Trail, which is also called "The Great Trail". The plan is to eventually make this the longest recreational trail in the world, connecting British Columbia in Western Canada to Newfoundland in Eastern Canada. Walking even a small distance along the trail is very enjoyable.

One nice thing about climbing a steep hill is that there is often a view at the top. This is a view of Burrard Inlet in southwestern British Columbia.

One nice thing about climbing a steep hill is that there is often a view at the top. This is a view of Burrard Inlet in southwestern British Columbia.

Hiking

I like to go for day hikes in the nearby mountains. Hiking is a wonderful escape from the city. it’s an excellent form of aerobic exercise and strengthens muscles. Despite the hard physical effort involved in climbing rough trails, I find hiking to be very relaxing mentally. The scenery can be beautiful. It’s important to note that a mountain hike in a remote area is very different from climbing a hill in an urban or suburban area, however. Preparation and precautions are necessary.

Cell phones are unlikely to work during a mountain walk, which is an important consideration. Hikers should tell family members or friends who aren’t going on the journey where they are going to hike and approximately how long the trip should take. During the trip, the hikers should stick to the planned route. A hiker should have a companion. It’s unwise to hike alone.

Food, water, extra clothing (including some that is waterproof), sunscreen, and first aid supplies should be carried on a hike. It’s important to know basic first aid techniques. Other items may be helpful during a hike, but a backpack shouldn’t be too heavy. Hikers should do some research about the best items to take in relation to the area where they plan to travel.

Returning home is the most difficult part of long-distance hiking. You have grown outside the puzzle and your piece no longer fits.

— Cindy Ross

Nordic or Pole Walking

Nordic walking is also known as pole walking or urban poling. Nordic walking (walking with special poles that somewhat resemble ski poles) appeals to me because it gives both an upper and a lower body workout at the same time. It's also a very low impact form of exercise. I have walking poles and enjoy using them. I don't use them as often as I should, though, because I often exercise with my dog.

Using poles is a great addition to a walking session. Poles are very useful for people who can't walk any faster than they already do but would like to increase the fitness value of their exercise session. Walking with poles can increase calorie burn compared to walking at the same intensity without them. It can also improve cardiovascular fitness.

Another advantage of Nordic walking is that the support provided by poles can help to compensate for lower body problems. The technique probably reduces stress on lower body joints, although this needs to be demonstrated by research.

Caution is needed when purchasing walking poles. Very inexpensive ones are often quite flimsy and not very supportive. The use of the latest construction materials means that a supportive pole doesn't have to be heavy. It may take a walker a little time to get used to the poles. The first exercise sessions with them should be short.

Stair Climbing

Stair climbing or climbing steps continually or repeatedly during a workout could be boring, but I enjoy doing it periodically during a walk. If I see steps when I’m on a walk, I happily climb them. I enjoy the challenge of climbing stairs in buildings, going from floor to floor without stopping instead of using an elevator. Deliberately going up and down stairs in quick succession seems like forced exercise to me, though. I do it occasionally but not very often. Exercise has to be fun for me.

Stair climbing is great exercise. It's a low impact exercise and increases cardiorespiratory fitness. It's more stressful for the body than walking on a flat surface, however. The intensity and duration of stair climbing sessions should be increased gradually. Incorporating mini strength workouts such as stair climbing into a regular walk is an excellent way to boost the exercise value of the walk.

In areas where hills are rare, climbing steps and stairs repeatedly could be a very useful addition to a fitness program. It might be helpful to climb a different set of steps each day if the exerciser has access to them in order to reduce boredom.

Climbing steps and hills is great exercise. Reaching an interesting goal is a bonus. These are the remains of an ancient amphitheatre in Turkey.

Climbing steps and hills is great exercise. Reaching an interesting goal is a bonus. These are the remains of an ancient amphitheatre in Turkey.

Strength Exercises

During some walks, I stop to do strength exercises when my dog and I find a quiet spot. I sometimes carry an exercise band on my walks. Exercise bands (or resistance bands) don't weigh much—although there are exceptions to this rule—and they can be folded up to put in a pocket or a pack. The stretchy bands can be used to do exercises that build upper body or lower body strength.

Bands aren't essential for increasing upper body strength. Body weight can also be useful. For example, I often do push-ups or wall-push ups during a walk when I find a suitable surface to act as a support. I also do lunges. Detailed instructions should be explored if someone wants to do band or body weight exercises in order to avoid injuries.

Some people may prefer to do their strength exercises at home. I think it’s a good idea to fit them into an exercise routine in some way in order to help the areas that their preferred type of walking misses. Walking is enjoyable and can be very beneficial, but it may not be a perfect form of exercise, depending on the type of walking that’s done and its frequency and intensity.

Stretching is the third component in a well-rounded fitness routine. A walker should investigate the best stretches to perform and use a reliable information source. Like strength exercises, stretches should be gentle at first if a person is a beginner.

Fitness and Health

Please don’t think that you have to do the more rigorous styles of walking that I have described to get any benefit from the activity. Scientists have found that any form of walking has valuable health benefits. That being said, benefits will be limited without some exertion.

Researchers say that regular, brisk walking on a flat and smooth surface is enough to lower the level of “bad” or LDL cholesterol in the blood, reduce the risk of a heart attack and type 2 diabetes, reduce inflammation in the body, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some types of cancer, and improve mood.

Interval walking—alternating fast and slow intervals within the same walk—has also been found to be good exercise and may be easier for some people to do than a continuous fast walk.

Researchers say that in order to produce a significant weight loss, walking has to be brisk and frequent. It's important to follow a healthy diet as well. If your goal is to do more intense walking, remember to increase the intensity gradually. Also remember that you don’t have to push yourself on every walk.

I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.

— John Muir

Events and Competitions

I used to run and often trained for 10K races. Running certainly caused me to lose a lot of weight and the racing events were fun. The training was enjoyable on some days but not much fun on other ones. I also developed several minor injuries, even though I was trying to follow a sensible training routine and used good running shoes. What really made me realize that running was not the ideal exercise for me was when I began to resent missing my walking days because of my running training.

Today I find that walking keeps me good shape if I do it regularly and also do enough of the more demanding forms. I still enjoy the fun of 10K events, but now I enter as a walker instead of a runner. There are running events of different lengths— including short runs and marathons—that welcome walkers. Walker-only events are held in some places.

Alternating walking and running in an event open to both activities can be fun. I’ve done this on some occasions. I think it’s important psychologically to enjoy this activity in its own right instead of thinking that you are doing it because you can’t run the full distance or because running is better than walking. “Better” can be a subjective term. Exercise needs to be satisfying as well as helpful.

If you intend to alternate running and walking in an event, you should add the running intervals to your training before you participate in the event. You should start the training with short running intervals on a suitable surface. In addition, you need to wear suitable shoes.

An Enriching Activity

I need to walk. It enriches my life and keeps me fit. I hope that I’ll be able to keep walking for the rest of my life, even if some day I have to do slower, easier, and shorter walks. I find the activity fun and interesting, whether I walk to get a job done or do it primarily for exercise or exploration. The activity is beneficial in multiple ways. It’s my favourite form of exercise out of all the ones that I’ve tried so far.

References

  • "Physical Activity Basics" from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • "Tips for Power Walking" from WebMD.
  • "Could walking poles help me get more out of my daily walk?" from the Mayo Clinic
  • Nordic walking information from Harvard Health Publishing
  • Hiking safety from the National Parks Service
  • Information about stair climbing from Berkeley Wellness

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 27, 2019:

Thank you very much for the visit and comment, Hacicu.

Hacicu Bogdan from Cluj-Napoca, Romania on August 27, 2019:

Walking is one of the most enjoyable and benefiting activities and you presented perfectly all the reasons why. Lovely!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 28, 2015:

Thank you very much for the comment and for sharing the interesting and useful information, aswalker.

Amanda Walker from Troy, IL on September 28, 2015:

Great article. When I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, I found I couldn't run anymore because the sweating and increased heart rate felt like a panic attack! But walking, even while I am having a panic attack, calms my mind. I have noticed that it increases my heart rate gradually so it doesn't feel like a panic attack.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on October 25, 2014:

Thank you very much, fitnessengineers!

Christian Montalvo from New York, New York on October 25, 2014:

Very informative. Excellent writing!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 28, 2014:

Yes, that's a great benefit of walking poles!

Nick Deal from Earth on August 28, 2014:

Those trekking poles are so helpful when you're coming down a mountain or hillside since they relieve the pressure on your joints!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 26, 2014:

Thanks, easefeeds. I appreciate your comment. I agree - walking can be gentle but effective exercise for beginning exercisers.

Ease Feeds from Cyperspace on March 26, 2014:

This is great information. I think walking is one of the best ways to get back in shape, and I stress it especially for older people.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 23, 2014:

How lovely to live so close to the beach, Nadine! Walking on or by a beach every day would be wonderful. I live quite near to a beach, too, but not near enough to take a daily walk there. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 23, 2014:

Great hub on walking. We are fortunate to live 5 min walk to the beach and so we walk every day for about 30 to 40 min aftter we close the office at 6

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 22, 2014:

Thank you for the visit, ologsinquito. As a former runner, I can understand the attraction of running, but it no longer appeals to me. I'm happy when I walk!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 22, 2014:

Hi, Rebecca. Thank you very much for the comment! Yes, the more walking that I do - especially if I walk briskly - the better my weight and the better I feel. It's a great form of exercise.

ologsinquito from USA on February 22, 2014:

Walking is my favorite type of exercise as well. I'm not cut out for running and I never had the desire to be a runner. I like to walk.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 22, 2014:

Awesome information and well-presented. The more I walk, the better my weight level. I sure have noticed that! Thanks for reinforcing my walking plans!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2012:

Hi, RTalloni. Yes, walking is a great exercise, and I love its versatility. It can be easy or hard, and relaxing or intense. Thank you for commenting!

RTalloni on March 24, 2012:

Thanks much for the nudge--I need to rebuild some strength through walking! You are right on every count about the benefits of walking. It's good for the "whole" of us! :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2011:

No problem, rutley! Thanks for the new comment.

rutley from South Jersey on December 11, 2011:

Sorry about calling you Kris, I didn't realize I posted wrong.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 11, 2011:

Thank you, rutley. I've loved walking since childhood too. I've tried other forms of exercise, but walking is my favorite. It fits into my life very well.

rutley from South Jersey on December 11, 2011:

Been walking my whole life....along with fitness teaching and weight training. Great hub Kris! I just wrote about an embarrasing moment...see if you can relate!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2011:

Thank you, MazioCreate. I do cycle sometimes, which is nice because I can go further than I do on my walks, but I enjoy walking and I like to take my dog with me.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2011:

Hi, Kris. I enjoy hiking, but I also enjoy walking because I live in an area where I can go for a nature walk every day. I like city walks too if the architecture and surroundings are interesting.

MazioCreate from Brisbane Queensland Australia on December 10, 2011:

It sounds like you live in a beautiful part of the world. No wonder you are very happy to put the walking shoes on and go. I love to walk the dogs, but prefer running and cycling for my escapes. Thanks for sharing it was very interesting.

Kris Heeter from Indiana on December 10, 2011:

I love hiking. I find it more interesting (and not as boring) as walking:)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 27, 2011:

I have the same problem - I can't do an activity just for exercise. It has to be an activity that I enjoy and that serves another function in addition to developing fitness. For me, the ideal activity is walking. Having to exercise a dog is certainly a great motivation for walking, as you say! Thanks for the comment.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 27, 2011:

Great hub! I wish I had your love for walking. I try to be consistent...now and then...haha. I HATE exercise, so if I do it just for exercise, it's not going to stick with me. It helps when I walk my dog. I feel guilty, so I get him out for a bit. I've been thinking about walking to work--a little over a mile one way. I think walking is one of the best, safest forms of exercise. Thanks--maybe you'll inspire me.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 19, 2011:

Thank for your comment, Larry. Yes, mall walking can be a very useful way to exercise! Walking is such a versatile way to get in shape. Like you, I enjoy hiking too, and it gives my dogs great exercise as well.

Larry Fields from Northern California on June 19, 2011:

AliciaC, I also enjoy exercise. I do lower body strength training exercises regularly. And I choose these mainly because they help me to feel better for the rest of the day. During the Summer, I enjoy short mountain hikes, when I can get up that early in the morning.

There's also a rainy-day walking option: mall walking. Some shopping malls open an hour before their stores do. And a fair number of walking aficionados avail themselves of the opportunity.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 17, 2011:

Hi, Fossillady. I walk regularly in winter, too. As long I wear warm or waterproof clothes, I find that walking in the winter is just as pleasant as walking in the summer! Thanks for your comment.

Kathi Mirto from Fennville on February 17, 2011:

Walking has always been one of my favorite past times and do regularly, even in the dead of winter I go outside for my walks, sometime through my forest. Thanks for sharing, great hub!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on February 04, 2011:

Thank you very much for your comment, PegCole17. Yes, going for a walk with Misha is fun for both of us!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on February 04, 2011:

Beautiful scenery does lift the mood and walking helps the body. To top it off, you have the company of your loving pet Misha. Sounds lovely and you've described it so well. Makes me want to go outside.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2011:

Hi, Peggy W. Yes, I live in an ideal area for walking. I'm near a forested hill which has a park at the top, and there is an ocean inlet with a walking path beside it not far from my house. I can also access an urban trail, which is bordered by plants, from the bottom of my road. Walking's fun, but it's even more fun when you have a nice environment to walk in!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 30, 2011:

It looks like you have an absolutely beautiful area in which to do your nature walks. Our area in general is very flat. We have a nice greenbelt area right in our subdivision that invites walking and it starts one block from our home which is nice. Good hub!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 23, 2011:

A combination of beach walks and walks by the shore of a lake sounds wonderful. I checked the photo of your cat - Little Miss Tiffy is beautiful!

epigramman on January 23, 2011:

...well thank you for your endorsement and visit to my humble hub space - and I have just been taking a very pleasant walk through your various pages of interest.

I have nice walks too so I can relate to this wonderful hub of yours because I am a fellow Canadian who lives in Ontario - 100 feet or so away from frozen Lake Erie.

I walk along my beach in the spring to the fall and then along the lakeshore road in the winter with such a beautiful view.

I am a cat lover too - I have two cats - Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel -and if you want to see Little Miss Tiffy - go to Google search - type in 'epigramman' and then click the cache which reads - Do you know eprigramman?

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 12, 2011:

Hi, Nell. Walking by a river would be very pleasant. I'm trying to find time to do more Nordic walking at the moment. It does have some advantages compared to regular walking.

Nell Rose from England on January 12, 2011:

Hi, I remember seeing Nordic walking on TV, it looked liked skiing without the ski's or the snow, but it certainly looked like a good idea, especially if you are walking up hills, it takes the strain out of your body, I walk everywhere, I am lucky because I live near a river so we go really often, great hub, cheers nell

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 12, 2011:

Hi, tonymac04. Thanks for your comment. I like to walk anywhere - in cities or in the countryside - but I much prefer walking in the countryside, surrounded by nature. Even if I'm walking in the city I try to travel through areas which have plants and animals.

Tony McGregor from South Africa on January 11, 2011:

Walking is wonderful, no doubt about it. I have been walking since I was very young. I lived with my parents in a rural area and every evening after my dad came home from work we used to go out into the countryside together, with my mother. I think that my love of nature was nurtured on those walks.

Thanks for sharing

Love and peace

Tony

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 11, 2011:

Sandyspider - Yes, walking is very enjoyable. It's my favorite exercise too!

Rosie2010 - I sometimes walk by a lake too, but I have to drive to reach the lake. Luckily there's an ocean inlet within walking distance from my house, so I can still walk by water frequently. I agree, walking by the water is very relaxing!

Rosie Rose from Toronto, Canada on January 11, 2011:

Hiya Alicia, now I know why you love walking too. Here in Toronto, I walking by the lake shore. I love the sound of water splashing the rocks. So relaxing.

Have a nice day,

Rosie

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on January 11, 2011:

I love walking. My favorite exercise.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 10, 2011:

Hi, carrie450. Like you, I find that walking is a great mood improver!

Hi, rich_hayles. I'm sure that climbing the stairs has helped keep your gran fit. Stair climbing is good exercise!

rich_hayles on January 10, 2011:

My gran claims that she has kept in incredible shape due to the stairs in her house. She walks up and down them at least 15 times a day to the toilet and thinks it is what has kept her so healthy for the last 84 years :) Who am I to complain?

I love walking aswell, just wish there were more scenic routes close to me but its sadly concrete city.

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on January 10, 2011:

I enjoy walking every single day. If I am feeling down on a particular day,I am so energized when I get back home.

Maybe one day I'll get to see the Canada Trail. I've heard so much about it.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 10, 2011:

Thank you, kashmir56. I agree, walking is a wonderful activity!

Thomas Silvia from Massachusetts on January 10, 2011:

Hi Alicia, I love to walk,down by the country side or down by the beach, walking is great exercise and you are in touch with nature in the fresh air!

Great hub!!!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 09, 2011:

Hi, jantamaya. I like that saying - "If you rest, you rust." That's very true! You've made a good point - exercising the brain by doing activities like solving puzzles keeps it working well.

Maria Janta-Cooper from UK on January 09, 2011:

AliciaC, a great idea to write a hub. Yes, walking is important. For example, my mom, she was all her life sitting, in the office and after she retired at home solving puzzles. Now she is eighty-six, still slim, but can't walk anymore... Her brain can "walk" very well, though... :-|If you rest, you rust :)

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 09, 2011:

Hi, SEO IT! Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree – climbing stairs is tough if you haven’t done it for a while! It’s great exercise, though.

lookatmenow – I enjoy power walking, although I only do power walking intervals. I prefer to do regular walks. Thank you for your comment.

Thanks, thougtforce! Yes, walking is never boring. There’s always something interesting to see, whether you’re walking in the country or in a city, and it’s fun to try the different styles of walking.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on January 09, 2011:

Walking is one of my favorite exercise forms,and you have written a great hub containing all the reasons for walking! I have tried both power walks and nordic walks, and that is part of the fun, walking is never boring! Inspiring hub!

lookatmenow from Canada on January 08, 2011:

ahh i walk everywhere...power walking omega lol

Karla Domanski from Cadillac, Michigan on January 08, 2011:

I love walking, though I must confess that I dread the types of stairs as shown in your first image. I always feel like I'm walking through mud for the last couple of flights... bet it wouldn't be like that if did it more often. ;-). Great hub!

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