Today’s MULTINOTICIAS lifestyle update:

Walk your way to the good life!

by Maria Salinas

Walking is one of the fastest growing fitness activities in the world. Sure, I know what you’re thinking–everybody walks around anyway!

That’s true, but most of us don’t get nearly enough steps in the day. Plenty of people who have desk or office jobs can struggle to get above 5,000 steps per day, let alone 10,000. That’s the minimum threshold for walking to really make a difference in your overall health.

Science has shown us over the past few years just how drastic the health effects of a sedentary lifestyle can be. It can cause stagnation in your cardiovascular system, cut your metabolism, and lead to mood issues like depression, anxiety, and feelings of restlessness. That’s why so many nutrition, fitness, and health experts are advocating for making walking a part of everyone’s routine.

Here are a few of the reasons you’ll love walking:

Walking is extremely healthy.

Walking gets your heart-rate up, which gets your blood pumping and improves your cardiovascular health. It’s a great form of low-impact cardio. You won’t be hurting your joints like you would be with running, and you’ll improve your posture while you walk.

Plus, you’re getting the added benefit of being outside. Fresh air helps clear your mind, and gets you more oxygen and less germs than the air inside your house or office.

Walking can be social.

Walking can be a great way to combine social time with exercise. Most of us build in social time with our friends around food or drinks. While this is always a nice treat, you’re building in extra calories that you don’t really need. Chances are, you’re also sitting around when you hang out with friends and family. Go for a walk instead!

Try walking socially with friends from your street or neighborhood. Instead of meeting for drinks, meet at a local walking path, or plan a hike! You’ll be saving calories, not to mention money. You’ll probably find that your conversations improve, too! Exercise helps blood keep moving in your brain, so you’ll find yourself thinking more quickly and clearly, which is great news for your discussions!

Walking abroad is a great way to travel cheaply.

One of the most expensive aspects of traveling abroad is transit. Between cabs, subways, busses, and other public transit, it’s easy to burn through $10-$20/day just on getting around. Try planning your next adventure around walking routes. You’ll save yourself a bunch of money, get lots of exercise, and chances are you’ll see get to witness sights and sounds which you’d miss on wheels.

For more on the health benefits of walking:

*** Of course, walking won’t be fun and rewarding without the right pair of shoes. Read reviews and recommendations for the best walking shoes so you can make 2016 the year you walk your way to the good life!