Why walking is as good as jogging for the 50+ Woman?

Many of my ladies, including me, have joint issues which will no longer allow them to jog or run for their fitness.  I used to run the Race for Life 5km charity race for years and regularly attended park run, but now I have osteoarthritis in both knees this form of exercise is not longer available to me.  So, now I just walk, around 10,000 steps a day.  Here are 6 reasons why that is as good, or maybe even better than running.

Firstly Joint Health: Walking is lower impact than running, so it’s gentler on your joints, reducing the risk of injury.

  1. Sustainability: You can maintain a walking routine for longer periods without burnout, making it easier to stick to as a long-term exercise habit.
  2. Accessibility: Almost anyone can do it, regardless of fitness level, age, or physical condition. Plus, you don’t need any special equipment.
  3. Heart Health: Walking still provides cardiovascular benefits, helping to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  4. Mental Well-being: Walking can be a great way to clear your mind, reduce stress, and boost mood, thanks to the rhythmic motion and connection with nature if you’re outdoors.
  5. Weight Management: While running burns more calories per minute, walking can still be effective for weight management, especially if done consistently over time.
  6. Longevity: Studies suggest that regular walking can contribute to a longer, healthier life by reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving overall well-being.

So, while running has its perks, don’t underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned walk! It’s a fantastic way to stay fit and healthy without pushing your body to its limits.