Benefits of Walking

Walking is an excellent fitness activity. It can be done anywhere, anytime. Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits are numerous:

Physical fitness
Walking just three times a week for 30 minutes can significantly increase cardio respiratory fitness and assist in weight management.

Improves physical function
Research shows that walking improves fitness and physical function and prevents physical disability in older persons.

Boosts “good” cholesterol
The level of high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Physical activity helps reduce low-density lipoproteins (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) in the blood, which can cause plaque buildup along the artery walls — a major cause of heart attacks.

Strengthens your heart
Exercise such as brisk walking for three hours a week or just half an hour a day, is associated with a 30% to 40% lower risk of heart disease in women.

Prevents Type 2 Diabetes
Walking 150 minutes per week and losing only 7% of your body weight can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.

Good for your bones
Is an effective way to slow the rate of bone loss in your legs.

Helps alleviate symptoms of depression
Research has shown improved mental and emotional satisfaction and a decrease in depression.

The Right Walking Shoe
Walking shoes is the most important part of walking. However, there is no one right shoe. The right shoe for you is the one that fits and supports you best. It is the one that gives you the proper cushioning, flexibility and compensates for any stride problems you may have such as overpronation or supination. At Oh My Sole! our staff is qualified to fit you professionally and recommend the footwear to make your walk to fitness a great experience. We recognize that each person’s feet are different and take into consideration you’re walking distance, speed, style and surface.