Walking for Exercise Replaces Daily Driving

walking as an exercise

Consider Walking for Exercise

There are lots of people who realize that walking is an exercise that can burn a lot of calories. It’s a healthy physical activity that you don’t actually have to put on your workout clothes to do, at least not all the time. The truth is, every day we have opportunities to walk more, but many of us just decide to get in the car when we really don’t need to use a vehicle to get where we’re going.

Turn Errands into Opportunities

For example, I go to the grocery store a few times a week. The nearest one to me is about a mile and a half away, and all I have to do is jump on the bus at a specific time to get there in about 10 minutes. But, instead of doing that, what I’ll do is take a chance to breathe, walk to the store on a nice day while talking on the phone or listening to music.

It actually only takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on how fast I’m walking. I really just take my time, and it’s more like a nice stroll. I get what I’m going to get from the store, put it in my backpack, and walk back with that little extra weight on my back.

Calculating Calorie Burn

I wanted to see about how many calories I was burning by doing this. According to experts, it depends on how much I weigh, how fast I walk, and the distance that I’m walking. Journalist Ashley Marcin, added a useful graph regarding this to her recent article for Healthline.

Ashley Marcin, How Many Calories Do You Burn By Walking?, Healthline

I weigh about 180 pounds. And, all together, that walk, being a mile and a half there and back, is 3 miles. So, according to their graph, I was burning around 204 calories every hour that I was walking, meaning that I burned somewhere between 300 to 400 calories, being that it took about an hour to an hour and a half there and back.

Remember, diet plays a part too; but exercise must complement any diet in order to get the most out of it.

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