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Walking For Exercise

My dad was a huge advocate of walking, and it's something he did until his early 80's. Almost anyone anywhere can benefit from walking for exercise. It's low-cost, low-impact and you don't need to plan it out or prepare with special equipment.

You may see in the news that people are getting bigger and bigger, and some of these people are so obese that they cannot exercise in the traditional way. No matter what the reason for this problem, there is always a way out. Though some people like to go with surgery to lose weight, there are many others who do not want to take the risks associated with gastric bypass. They may feel hopeless, but there is help much closer than they could have imagined.


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Walking for exercise is so simple anyone can do it. Even if you have problems walking from your house to your mailbox, you can still lose weight. You simply start out by walking to your mailbox back. The next day, you go a few steps more. As the days go by, you add a little more to your walk. Soon youíll find that walking for exercise was something that you should have been doing a long time ago. You donít need to buy expensive equipment to do it, and you can do it any time you can find the free time.






I strongly recommend walking for exercise for everyone. If you have children, you should start them walking with their young. I know that my daughter and I love our daily walks in the summer. Though we cannot go for walks as much in the winter months, we go when we can. I donít tell her that we are walking for exercise. We simply take our walks to spend time together and see the neighborhood. I often take my camera with me and we take pictures of the many animals and flowers we see along our walk.


I understand that not everyone can choose walking for exercise when theyíre looking for something to do. If you live in a bad neighborhood, or if the top of a high-rise building in the middle of the city, it might be harder for you to go outside of walk. However, there are still places you can walk on the weekends. If thereís a park nearby, you can take your children there for a leisurely walk. Walking for exercise is so much easier when you have great scenery an interesting conversation to go along with you. If you do your walking by yourself, go out by yourself a ten dollar CD player so you have some company.


Additional Resources for Exercise and Physical Fitness:

President's Council on Physical Fitness - the health, physical activity, fitness and sports information website with helpful information on starting a physical activity program today.

American Heart Association - discusses physical inactivity as a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Medline Plus by NIH - National Institute of Health website dedicated to exercise and physical fitness.


Mike @ FeedtheGut is just an everyday single dad who loves his two girls and wants to make a better life for them. E-mail him any questions or comments at

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