The new Pokémon Go craze seemed a little, well… crazy. Was it really, though?
Sure, like any technology they have bugs they need to work out, but how awesome is it to have something that is fairly benign providing a way for kids (and adults) to get out and MOVE?
If Pokémon wasn’t for you, consider investing in a fitness tracking device such as a Fitbit or a Garmin Vivofit. It’s addictive watching those steps add up, and frankly, being reminded to get up and move is really helpful.
There are also tons of apps that can help you track your progress, such as MyFitnessPal or MapMyRun. Walking is an incredible way to get some quick exercise (every little bit counts — seriously) and clear your head.
How walking works
The cardiovascular benefits of walking are biologically plausible; like other forms of regular moderate exercise, walking improves cardiac risk factors such as cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, vascular stiffness and inflammation, and mental stress. And if cardiac protection and a lower death rate are not enough to get you moving, consider that walking and other moderate exercise programs also help protect against dementia, peripheral artery disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, colon cancer, and even erectile dysfunction.
Here are a few tips to start walking daily:
- Keep a comfortable pair of athletic shoes at your desk at work. Throw them on during breaks and take a quick stroll around your building or block.
- Carry water with you. Even if you’re not trekking into the wilderness, it encourages you to stay adequately hydrated.
- Keep track of your walking. It’s great incentive to get out there and move when you can see the steps and distance really racking up. Use an old-fashioned pedometer or go with one of the newer fitness trackers to help keep you moving forward.
- Set goals. Whether it’s distance walked during a week’s time or a certain amount of weight you’d like to lose, keep moving towards those milestones and rewarding yourself at regular intervals.
Ready, set, walk.