Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate Walking

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No Pain, no gain!
The fitness industry makes people believe that the more intense an exercise is, the more health benefits we will reap. While extreme activities like running may offer more cardiovascular benefits when compared to walking, that doesn’t necessarily mean running is the better exercise to do. It all depends on factors such as a person’s fitness levels, health, etc…
Why walking helped me recover?
Haven had first-hand experience suffering from ME/CFS, which is a debilitating illness that causes me to feel excessively sleepy daily; walking played a key role in helping me to recover from my illness. You see, when my condition was at its worst, leaving me feeling chronically tired, I didn’t take well to exercises such as running, weightlifting, skipping because they were too intense for me. Intense workouts like the ones mentioned would often worsen my levels of fatigue and caused many symptom relapses.
Don’t run before you can walk!
Not only did walking help me to build my fitness levels when recovering from ME/CFS, but it played a crucial role in allowing me to transition to running. Yes, walking over some time had built my fitness levels to such an extent that it made transitioning into running much more accessible.
Final thoughts
Walking should never be underestimated; while it may not be as intense as other exercises, i.e., running, it has many cardiovascular health benefits. As a person who had an ME/CFS, doing the fierce exercise right off the bat wasn’t appropriate for my recovery at the time. This is why walking was the perfect exercise for me, as it slowly built up my fitness levels to the point where I could start running.

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